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Guide to Agriculture Research in the Cal Poly Library: covers Animal Science, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management, Agricultural Education, Food Science, Human Nutrition and Plant Science.

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Why cite your sources?

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  • Adds credibility to your argument or assertions
  • Helps you avoid committing plagiarism
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Citations: Examples and guidance from Purdue OWL...

APA and MLA are two commonly-used standard citation styles, but check with your professor before using either.

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