Introduction to Citations

There are several reasons why we cite, and the method of citing (called a citation style) will vary depending on the academic discipline. See the links below for introductory information about why we cite, the relationship between in-text and end citations, and explanations of various citation styles.
Also see the Academic Integrity page of VCU Writes! for more info on using citations properly in order to avoid plagiarism.
For most FI courses, you will be asked to use either the MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) citation style. Select one of the following style guides, based on your field or on guidance from your instructor.
If you need additional help with writing or document formatting, consider visiting the Writing Center at VCU. For help finding or assessing the quality of a resource, talk with a research librarian at one of the VCU Libraries. And of course, it’s always a good idea to speak with your professor for these and any other assignment-related questions you might have.
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