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  • Significant related works may be cited in the body of the text as "(Smith 1990:21)" or "according to Smith's research (1990:21) ...", and then listed after any Notes in a References section.

  • Citations to the actual work reviewed can be made using parentheses, in the following style: (p.1), (pp.11-3), (pp.230-42), (pp.125,132).

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