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Doing Research

An introduction to library research and finding the best sources.

Why cite sources?

We cite sources for several reasons:

  • To give credit to those who did the work
  • So anyone interested can go find out more
  • So we can go back and check that we understood correctly

How do I cite sources?

Different disciplines use different citation styles, for reasons that seemed good at the time.  Check with your professor, or your syllabus, to see which citation style you should be using for each class.  The point here is to make all citations within a discipline look the same, so they will be very easy to read.