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Citing information: Choose a citation style

Choose a citation style

When writing an academic paper, you need to provide references to all the works you cite. You are responsible for checking the accuracy and completeness of references to cited works. Using a citation or referencing style, helps you to acknowledge sources according to the standardized method preferred by your school / discipline. Practice in using a citation style also helps you to interpret the references you find in academic papers in your discipline.

Ask the academic staff at your faculty which citation style you should use. Referencing guidelines for EUR students are often included in skill sheets, writing guides, thesis manuals and course materials on academic writing in the electronic learning environment. Referencing guidelines can also be found on the websites of academic libraries, associations and publishers.

Some of the better known styles are:

A citation style is characterized by consistency in how each reference type (article, chapter, book, etc.) is treated.