A citation style is a standard approach for documenting sources that you quote, consult, or summarize in your research papers. Proper use of citation styles helps you construct effective papers, share knowledge efficiently with others, and avoid plagiarism.
For most styles, you cite your sources in two places:
Different academic disciplines use different citation styles; your instructor may require you to use a particular style, or may allow you use one of your choosing.
This guide has been developed to help you get started with the citation styles most commonly used at Frostburg State University.