18. Citing Sources and References

Even if you haven’t written a research paper lately, you probably have some vivid memories of your last experience in doing so. Citing sources in the proper format (that is, the format your school teaches, or the format customary in your profession) has always been one of those “tear your hair out” tasks because there are so many rules—and exceptions to the rules—regarding the proper capitalization, spacing, and indentation of listings. Entire reference manuals have been published (and have sold very well!) that do nothing but demonstrate how to format various types of entries. And with the rise of Internet research, the potential for confusion over bibliography formatting has only gotten worse because there ...

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