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18. Citing Sources and References

Understanding Sources and Citations

A bibliography is a list of works cited in a report. Students in most high school and college classes routinely have to write research papers that contain bibliographies, and so do professional researchers and scholars.

Even if you haven’t written a research paper lately, you probably have some vivid memories of your last experience in doing so. Citing sources in the proper format (that is, the format your school teaches, or the format customary in your profession) has always been one of those “tear your hair out” tasks because there are so many rules—and exceptions to the rules—regarding the proper capitalization, spacing, and indentation of listings. Entire reference manuals ...

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