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It is essential to cite your sources of information when writing an assignment or research project.
There are many different citation styles (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc). Different disciplines use different styles that reflect better the interests of their readers. Generally your professor will let you know which style to use. If your professor has no preference, choose a style yourself and be consistent, use the same style throughout your paper.
For more information on citations check the resources below:
CSE Style guide from Washington State University Libraries. It describes and provides examples for three sub-styles: Citation Sequence; Name Year; and Citation Name. Choose the appropriate one for your document.
The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism continues to demystify the referencing process and provide essential guidance to make sure you are not committing plagiarism. It provides clear guidelines on why and when to reference as well as how to correctly cite from a huge range of sources.
Citations give credit for ideas to the originator and allow the reader to track down the original sources of the information. Failure to cite your sources constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism is a problematic and controversial topic in the sciences, ask your professor when in doubt or check the links below for additional information.
Plagiarism - Biology Program - University of British Columbia