The primary reasons for citing sources in a research paper are to give credit to the authors whose work you have drawn upon and to allow readers to track down your sources, should they wish to do so.
There are many style guides for formatting citations and creating bibliographies. Check with your professor and see if they have a preference for what you should use. You have access to multiple style guides through the library (and Purdue OWL, linked below, is available online). If you have questions about citations, ask a librarian! We're happy to help.
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