Following a set of rules ensures that all the information needed to find a particular source will be included in the citation. As the ways we look for information change citation styles also change. Certain elements may no longer be needed, and other new elements are included.
The rules are also designed to ensure consistency. If you become accustomed to a certain style, citations written in that style become much easier to read. The elements of the citation will always be in the same order, and you will recognize that order.
Which list below is easier to read?
2009. Kevin Bales. U of California P. THE SLAVE NEXT DOOR: human trafficking and slavery in america today. Rod Soodalter. Berkeley.Print.
Time. 7 July 2010. "Human Trafficking Rises in Recession." Fetini, Alyssa. 18 June 2009. Web.
Santana, M. C. Who is worth saving: human traffic news in the Caribbean and the United
States. (2009). Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.International Journal of Academic Research 1(2), 206-11.
V. MIzELl. T3.Web.Washington Post "Working to Shed Light on Very Dark Practices – Activists Seek to End
Human Trafficking in D.C." 8 Oct. 2009. Newsbank. 7 July 2010."Trafficking in Persons Report 2010." U.S. Department of State. June 2010. Web. 7 July 2010.
Bales, K. & Soodalter, R. (2009). The slave next door: Human trafficking and slavery in America today. Berkeley: U of California P.
Fetini, A. (2010). Human trafficking rises in recession. Retrieved from http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1905330,00.html
Mizell, V. (2009, October 8). Working to shed light on very dark practices: Activists seek to end human trafficking in D.C. Washington Post.
Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Santana, M. C. (2009). Who is worth saving: Human traffic news in the Caribbean and the United States. International Journal of Academic Research, 1(2).
Retrieved from http://www.ijar.lit.az/
U. S. Department of State. (2010). Trafficking in Persons Report 2010. Retrieved from www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2010/