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Why is uniform system of citation and writing needed? February 4, 2012

Filed under: PRCA 3330,Uncategorized — kbantin @ 8:54 pm

For your next blog post, discuss the need to have a uniform system of citation and writing by different professionals. Why is it important to have this uniformity? For example: Journalists use AP Style, Researchers use MLA or APA, and Attorneys use a uniform system for court documents and legal briefs

I think that a uniform system of citation and writing is needed because it makes it easier for people in their profession to understand better. Since doctors use the same writing format, and attorneys as well, it makes it easier for them to understand each other and know how to read information. It is important as well in PR because everyone is expected to do the same thing, and therefore makes it easier for the industry to use it and understand it. If a citation and writing were not used for professionals and everyone wrote how they wanted, people would have a harder time finding the important information, and understanding all the information provided.

Citations are also important in order to ensure there isn’t plagiarism. Citations allow everyone to cite their sources, so the person reading knows where they got their information and isn’t taking credit for someone else’s work. Citations also add validity to a story and makes the person seem credible for what they write.

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