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1. Citing Resources: Why bother?

Producing accurate citations can seem quite difficult–or can seem incredibly easy if you are using an online citation generator! However, citation generators rely on the user to input the appropriate information, and even then, citation generators are not always 100% correct. This tutorial is not a citation style guide, but rather this tutorial explores the hows and whys of bibliographic citations.

First, some terms: different fields use different words to talk about bibliographies. For example, a bibliography can be called:

Although they are different names, they all refer to the same thing–the list of sources (the citations) that the writer used and/or consulted in order to produce a document.

This tutorial will help you better understand the purpose of citations as well as how to find the needed information on a variety of sources. This tutorial will:


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