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Citation and Reference Management

Introduction to Citation

What is a citation?

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A citation gives credit to the source of a quotation, paraphrase, or other information that you have used in your writing. There are many different citation styles established by academic and professional organizations; this guide includes resources for several common citation styles.

Citation is important:

  • For scholarly communication. You grow in knowledge by learning from subject experts, and participate in scholarly communication through your academic writing.
  • To give credit and show professionalism. Citations allow others (and you!) to find the sources used in your paper and learn more about them.
  • To avoid plagiarism.

Adapted from: University of Alberta Library. (2020). Why do we cite? in APA style citation tutorial. 

Resources for learning more

Citing Specific Types of Sources

Writing Resources