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Copyright & Citing Sources: Citation is like a Treasure Map

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A good citation (map) leads you back to the original source (content).

Citing a resource properly should allow another person to RE-search out the exact same content you mentioned or borrowed. It may be in a website, in print or pdf, but the content should be available and find-able based on the information you cite. 

Style manuals are like a template, a standard that helps keep citations consistent.  This makes it easier to re-search and find original content when the the citation is the only clue to source.  Think of it as a map to a treasure.

If you think of Journal Title as a road and volumes as side lanes and issues as houses and pages as floors, then you can find the item or figure on the page of the issue of the volume of the journal title.

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