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Keep track of sources: Citations and Academic Writing
Chicago: This is the citation style most commonly requested by faculty at the GSD for the formatting of cited references in student papers. This guide includes manuscript preparation guidelines, information on style and usage, and detailed explanation of the two Chicago documentation styles: Notes and Bibliography, and Author-Date reference. Please check with your faculty member on the preferred form.
Useful information from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Harvard Guide to Using Sources
Essential guide to using sources in academic writing.
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)" ”Avoiding Plagiarism”
A useful summary includes tips on how to avoid accidental plagiarism, includes a useful list of what does (and does not) need to be cited, and suggests best practices for research and writing.