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Citation Styles

Citation Styles

What are citations styles?

A citation style is a strict method of ordering, formatting, and punctuating citation information.  Generally, specific citation styles are selected and based on the different information needs of a particular discipline and the different resources that discipline typically uses.  In some cases, tradition and longevity of style use can also play a factor in the citation style preference of a discipline.

How do you get information about applying citation styles?

To assist with with citation styles and their strict requirements for accuracy, citation style guides are an excellent resource for general instructions and examples.