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Documenting Sources: Overview

Summary:

This handout contains links to sources which will help students, teachers, and anybody doing research on the Internet to cite electronic sources using different styles. We also have links to some of our OWL handouts about citing sources.

Contributors:Dana Lynn Driscoll, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2013-02-22 08:30:32

The Internet and other digital sources of information are widely used tools for research, but since they are still relatively new tools, various disciplines are still deciding the correct way to document electronic sources, and disciplines are constantly changing their minds as to what the most appropriate ways are.

To ensure accuracy, it's always best to consult the style manual and/or accompanying Web site for your discipline first before consulting other sources. We have a complete list of style manuals on our resources for documenting sources in the disciplines page, which also provides links to general information about documenting print sources (and in some cases, electronic sources). Other ways to determine the style you should use are to ask your instructor for guidelines or resources.

This resource contains links to sources that will help students, teachers, and anybody doing research on the Internet to cite electronic sources using different styles. We also have links to some of our OWL handouts on citing sources.

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