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HIS 295/POS 295: The American Constitution: The Supreme Court: Citing Sources

UAlbany style guide help

Why cite?

Citing your sources serves multiple purposes.  When you cite, you are acknowledging the ideas of others and pointing to the source of those ideas.  If others wish to review your sources in more detail, the proper citation allows them to find the source you cite for further research.  Citing enables you to avoid plagiarism.

Style guides

The first rule in citing your sources is to follow the instructions for your assignment.  Even the most helpful resources may interpret some guidelines differently.  Check with your professor if you have any questions about which style to use or about any formatting that is questionable.   The librarians at the reference desk and I can help you find examples and the proper form for the material you cite. 

Why are there so many style guides?  Different disciplines use different styles for presenting research and for formatting publications.  These guides are often produced by professional associations, e.g., the APA (American Psychological Association).  Your professor may have a specific style guide requirement or may allow you to select one to follow such as MLA (Modern Language Association)/humanities, or Chicago Manual of Style.

Annotated bibliographies and Web sources