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Chapter 12. Managing Citations > 12.1. Introduction

12.1. Introduction

Citations are cross-references to bibliographical information outside the current document, such as to publications containing further information on a subject and source information about used quotations. It is certainly not necessary to back everything by a reference, but background information for controversial statements, acknowledgments of other work, and source information for used material should be given.

There are numerous ways to compile bibliographies and reference lists. They can be prepared manually, if necessary, but usually they are automatically generated from a database containing bibliographic information (see Chapter 13). This chapter introduces some of the many presentation forms of bibliographical sources and it reviews different traditions regarding how such sources are referred to in a document.


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