Conversing with someone else about your research and writing process can be incredibly helpful. Contact staff at McKillop Library or the Writing Center using the links below.
Staying current in a discipline requires a lot of reading and research. For professionals and students, having materials in the same "language" or format within a discipline helps to better understand, analyze, and apply material content. Over the years, most academic disciplines have selected a preferred citation style for writings.
The three most popular citation styles at Salve Regina University are APA, Chicago, and MLA.
In addition to your original thoughts and insights, completing a research project requires combining data from a variety of sources and carefully documenting the sources of the information and ideas that you have gathered. This documentation usually involves two major parts: in-text references that occur throughout the actual paper as well as a complete list of works at the end of the paper that may be called a bibliography, a reference list, or a works cited page (depending on which citation style you are working with).
In addition to giving credit to the source of information or ideas, there are other reasons to cite sources in your research project: