A citation style is a set of rules on how to cite sources in academic writing. Whenever you refer to someone else’s work, a citation is required to avoid plagiarism.

Citation style guidelines are often published in an official handbook containing explanations, examples, and instructions. The most common citation styles include:

However, there are many other widely used styles. In this guide, we will cover all the main citation styles used by universities and journals.

If you are following MLA or APA style, you can use the free citation generator to easily create your citations.

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