Throughout your life as a writer, you will write to various prescribed specifications. Journalists often use Associated Press style, and most major organizations or corporations have set editorial guidelines that establish consistency. As a student, you are also required to present your prose according to a set of rules, as determined by your teacher and one of several style guides.Whenever you write a paper, you are also under obligation to give credit to others when you take their ideas--whether you directly cite them (e.g.) or if you paraphrase what they said in your own words (e.g.) Failing to credit others for their ideas is plagiarism, a violation of Mercersburg’s Honor Code. There are many styles of citation; two of the most popular are explained here. Each department at Mercersburg chooses a particular style of citation. Since citation style is integral to the validity of your paper, always check with your teacher about the style to use.