Technically, we're better. DSU offers a better college experience that is both challenging and fun. You'll learn from professors who are experts in their fields, and you'll thrive with thought-provoking classes, a tech-infused learning environment, a state-of-the-art Tablet PC and ample inspiration. It's all part of a DSU education.
The technology advantage is more than just having your own Tablet PC and 24/7 access to the campus network. Technology is blended into campus life. From hands-on use of industry-standard equipment and software (the things you'll use in the real world after graduation) to campus event tweets and Facebook invitations — using technology is second nature at DSU. These computer and information technology skills give DSU students an advantage. Which is why, year after year, over 90% of our grads find jobs, with 100% placement in some areas.
All this and DSU is affordable, too! Reasonably priced tuition and a competitive scholarship and financial aid program make Dakota State an outstanding value — not something you'd expect from a leading, high-tech university.
To give credit to those whose work you have used (whether by direct
quote or by paraphrasing).
Academic ethics require that writers be credited for their work and their writing.
If you intentionally or unintentionally use the work of another without giving proper
credit, you have plagiarized.
Researchers "stand on the shoulders" of those who have gone before
To provide evidence to support what you are saying.
A good bibliography of high-quality material demonstrates that your project is based
on credible evidence.
When well-integrated into your paper (or project or research), that evidence creates
a strong and convincing paper or project. It demonstrates that you know and understand
the field in which you are working and have evidence to support your claims/arguments/explanations.
If your work is based on poor evidence, the credibility of your project is undermined.
To allow your readers to find and read your sources.
Professionals trace back to the original sources to expand their own understanding
and to use those sources in their own research.
A reference list that does not provide the information needed to find the sources
is worthless to the reader.
Why a specific citation style?
Using a consistent style in a bibliography (or reference list)
lets the reader know where in the citation to expect to find a title, where to expect
to find an author, etc -- without actually labeling the parts of the citation. It
makes it easier for your readers to understand your citations and
find the sources you have cited.
Although a variety of citation styles exist, each academic discipline will usually
use a specific style. By using a single style such as APA or IEEE,
a profession's readers are familiar with the style and understand how to read and
What do I need to know?
How to cite sources within the body of the paper -- in-text citation
How to create a list of sources cited in your paper -- the bibliography or reference