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Technical Writing for Environmental Engineers by Emily Coolidge Toker, Joan Giblin

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CHAPTER 5

REFERENCES, CITATIONS, AND WORKS CITED

Focus: When and how to appropriately cite and reference materials.

In the broadest terms, use of citations in a technical paper places the author in a larger conversation; it demonstrates to the readers that the author is familiar with the work that has been done on the topic and how it relates to the question, problem, or subject-matter being addressed. When references are incorporated effectively, connections may sometimes be seen between different studies that had not been considered before—in such cases, the inclusion of references is a great service to the author, as well as to the reader.

From a more practical perspective, including references in professional work can also be a way to avoid ...

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