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ROML 89: Déjà vu. Medicine and Narration across Time and Space: Citation Help

Why do researchers cite?

Scholarship is a conversation and scholars use citations not only to give credit to original creators and thinkers, but also to add strength and authority to their own work.  By citing their sources, scholars are placing their work in a specific context to show where they “fit” within the larger conversation.  Citations are also a great way to leave a trail intended to help others who may want to explore the conversation or use the sources in their own work.

In short, citations

(1) give credit

(2) add strength and authority to your work

(3) place your work in a specific context

(4) leave a trail for other scholars

(University Libraries, University of Washington. Citation Styles & Tools. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from


Quick citations in the UNC library catalog

  • Individual item in the library catalog
  • Citations in databases
  • Google Scholar

MLA is the primary citation style used in the Humanities

MLA Style Resources