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Citing your Sources: General Information

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General information on citing

Why look at citation information?

  • To avoid plagarism. For more information see the OWL at Purdue guide: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/
  • To acknowledge the work of other writers.
  • To enable other researchers and professors to trace your sources.
  • To show how your research or paper follows on from or advances previous work.

Deciding which reference style to use

  • When citing in papers as part of your Medical School Curriculum check with your instructor on which format to use.
  • When citing for publication remember that different journals require different formats so read the "instructors to authors" section for individual information.
  • Ensure that you use the same style throughout your paper and check which version of a format you are using as updates occur regularly.
  • The College Of Medicine does not have a set style but you should use NLM/Vancouver or AMA style