Why Does it Matter?
Providing citations of the sources you use for your research shows good academic integrity.
A thorough list of sources shows that you are:
- engaging with the scholarly research community by allowing other researchers to see and track down your sources.
- using information from reputable sources to form the basis of your argument or research claims.
- using the information ethically by acknowledging the research that has laid the groundwork for your research.
Crediting sources is done in a standardized form called a citation style. There are many styles from which to choose. Common ones are listed below. Be clear on which style your instructor wants you to use. If in doubt, ask! Using the appropriate style has many benefits and says that you are a responsible member of the academic community.