Documentation Systems: An Overview

How Sources are Documented

Conventions for documenting source material differ slightly from style to style; however, both in-text citation and end documentation are universal requirements.

They are used in conjunction with each other: First, the in-text citation flags the reader's attention identifying the source material and second, the end documentation catalogues the bibliographic information flagged by the in-text citation.

Note: The Chicago Manual of Style points out an exception: when only a handful of sources are used, footnotes may replace end documentation.

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