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Citations: Core Concepts for Integrity and Citation Practices

 Forget the confusing, mysterious codes for a moment. Use citations to stage conversations.
 As in any conversation, identify the participants
◦Author
◦Title
◦Publication

Once you get A, T, P, everything else is editing.

Citation and bibliography styles seem like mysterious and secret codes because they are.  They are designed to efficiently convey author, title and publication information to members of broad disciplinary communities to meet the needs of those communities in their pursuits of research and new knowledge.

You can crack the code for any style or any update if you remember that the message is always about the author, title and publication information.

And you can use the A, T, P to get on with your conversation.

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