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HIST488RW Racial Violence in Modern America / Jason Ward

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The Emory Writing Center offers personalized one-to-one support for writing assignments. You can book sessions with tutors by appointment or drop-in during walk-in hours.

What is a citation?

Citing material -- by including it in a bibliography and by using in text citations -- allows readers to know whose ideas you are using. This gives the original authors credit, and it forms the basis of your own authority as a writer.

The role of a citation is for your reader to be able to see easily where your evidence comes from, and to track down and read or view those materials themselves:

  • who is to from? (author name),
  • when is it from? (date),
  • where is it from? (publication, publisher)

Citation styles are based on disciplines and are a central feature of the scholarly conversation. Part of forming your own authority as a writer is using the citation style correctly -- including things like correct punctuation.