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Which style should I use?

To allow readers to trace a cited source quickly and accurately, researchers usually follow a certain citation style. These styles are usually outlined in style manuals.

The citation style you use depends on a variety of factors. Many disciplines tend to use one particular style over another (APA for psychology, for example). Your instructors may require you use a certain style, so ask what style to use before you begin your research. If you are publishing one of your works, your editor may require that you use of a certain style.

If you aren't required to use a certain style, use one that you are comfortable with and that best fits your needs. Just follow the guidelines and be consistent.

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