Citation is the process by which you give proper attribution to authors of materials you used to form a thesis. Without proper citation and corresponding bibliographical references listed at the end of a paper, you could be accused of plagiarism or unfounded/unsupported statements and conclusions. Experienced writers in Toronto and surrounding areas recommend the following steps:
There are various writing styles and citation formats to consider:
- APA (American Psychological Association)
- MLA (Modern Language Association)
- Chicago Manual of Style /Turabian
- CBE (Council of Biology Editors)
- CGOS (Columbia Guide to Online Style)
Check Your Citations
Make sure your paper meets the necessary citation and reference list criteria:
- Are all references cited in the text?
- Are all the citations mentioned in the reference list?
- Are all entries in alphabetical and numerical order?
- Do reference list entries have basic, required information (e.g. author/s, publication year, title, page number, DOI Digital Object Identifier, URL, etc. )
- Do the in-text citations with multiple authors have the correct number of names and use of “et al.” appropriately?
- Are the names of the authors spelled correctly (and use either full first name or first initial as required by the chosen style format)?
- Are the titles accurate?
- Do various papers written by the same author(s) have the proper use of “ibid.” or “op cit” in the in-text citations?
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