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Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 141

Ask your professors which citation style they want you to use.  If they give you the option, use the following guidelines:

APA (American Psychological Association) 
Use for psychology, education, and many other social sciences.

MLA (Modern Languages Association)
Use for literature, arts, and other humanities subject areas.

Use with any subject.

Chicago Manual of Style 
Use with any subject.

Each style has a manual that you must follow for proper citiation.  The ones mentioned above are located in Woodruff Library in the Reference Desk Collection (shelves located adjacent to the reference/information desk).

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Woodruff Reference Desk Collection BF76.7 .P83 2010

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009)
Woodruff Reference Desk Collection LB2369 .G53 2009

The Chicago Manual of Style
Chicago Manual of Style Online
Woodruff Reference Desk Collection Z253 .U69 2010

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian)
Woodruff Reference Desk Collection LB2369 .T8 2007

Two Forms of Citation

  1. Citing sources in-text
  2. Citing sources at the end of your paper in a bibliography

Follow the guidelines in the citation manuals mentioned above carefully for how to cite sources in the text of your paper and also for how to cite them at the end of your paper in a listed bibliography (also called a "works cited" list or "references").

Examples of in-text and bibliography citations can be found here:

For further information see our Citing Your Sources guide.


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