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Methods to the Madness: Why Do Writers Use Citation Styles?

Last updated 4/27/2016


Visual: Walden logo at bottom of screen along with notepad and pencil background.

Audio: Guitar music.


Visual: “Walden University Writing Center. Your writing, grammar, and APA experts,” appears in center of screen. Background changes to another notebook on a table. “Methods to the APA Madness. Why Do Writers Use Citation Styles?” text appears in the center of the screen.

Slide changes. Image of hands at laptop keyboard and a textbox that reads, “Why do scholars use APA or any citation style?”

Audio: Alright, so academic writers use citation styles for a number of reasons.


Visual: Slide changes, same background laptop photo and a bulleted list. The word “consistency” appears.

Audio: First, consistency. Citation styles help create consistency amongst authors who are all writing using that style, ensuring uniformity.


Visual: “Credibility” bulleted text appears.

Audio: Second, credibility. Citation styles also help us as authors to create credibility as writers. So by successfully using a citation style, you are showing the reader that you are a diligent writer who pays attention to detail and are knowledgeable about the way other authors format their writing in your field.


Visual: “Credit” bulleted text appears.

Audio: Third, give credit to sources. So, by using a citation style you ensure that you give credit to the sources you’re using in your writing. If another author was using your ideas or data in their writing, you’d certainly want credit for those ideas or data—for the hard work that you did—so we want to give the same credit to authors we’re using in our own writing too.


Visual: “Readers” bulleted text appears.

Audio: Finally, citation styles are for our readers. All of the above reasons include this, but essentially citation styles help avoid distractions for our readers and aim to present information as clearly and concisely as possible so our readers can (a) follow our ideas but also (b) find the information we’ve cited in our writing.


Visual: Slide changes back to notebook and pencil with Walden logo from intro screen. Text reads “Walden University Writing Center. Questions? E-mail”