As a researcher, you cite sources to give credit to those whose work you are using, and to allow subsequent scholars to find the specific items you found and used.
What Citation Style to Use?
There is no one model for all science writing. Each scientific discipline, each specialty and often each professional society and each journal has its own preferred style of citation. Each style has its own manual. Your instructor may have specified which style you should use. If so, use that style. Otherwise, see the list below as a guide to a few of the more commonly used manuals. In each manual, look for the chapter which discusses references or citation.
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