Every academic book or article has either a Works Cited List or Bibliography. You may find works cited in the form of bibliographical footnotes or endnotes, or, more commonly, a list of the sources used the end of the work. The sources appear in alphabetical order, usually according to author's last name.
These sources can be very helpful for researchers, because a relevant book or article is likely to have used sources that are also relevant to the topic being researched.
Although he examples of citations provided in this tutorial are in MLA 8 (Modern Language Association) format, the diagnostics--the tools you can use to distinguish one type of citation from another--are the same across formats, including APA, Chicago Style, Turabian Style, etc.
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