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Citation Styles

It is the ethical responsibility of all writers to acknowledge the original ideas they borrow from other authors. A writer is plagiarizing if he or she does not place quotation marks around passages taken from other sources and provide sufficient information for the reader to identify and locate the original source. Several documentation styles provide standardized rules to format both those that occur within the text of the paper and those that occur at the end of the paper. These styles frequently provide additional information on structuring and formatting research papers. Most disciplines favor a particular documentation style:

Disciplines Documentation Style Web Site
Humanities, Fine Arts, English Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Edition http://www.mla.org/style
Social Sciences, Psychology, Education, Government, Linguistics, Sociology Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th Edition http://www.apastyle.org/
Social Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, Humanities Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/cmosfaq/about.html
Sciences, Engineering Council of Science Editors (CSE), Scientific Style and Format, 7th Edition http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/publications/style.cfm