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Citation Styles

Which citation style guide you use will depend on the following:

  1. Instructor - check your assignment guidelines or ask your instructor if he/she has a preference/recommendation
  2. Field of Study - certain citation styles are used for certain disciplines.
  3. Writing for Publication - check the guidelines in the publication (journal) to whom you would like to submit your article.
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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
Call Number: BF 76.7 P83 2010 (at Reference Desk)
ISBN: 1433805618
Publication Date: 2010
APA format is the standard citation style for writers and researchers in psychology. The publication manual (updated regularly) provides all the information you need to reference materials in your papers.

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call Number: LB 2369 G53 2009 (at Reference Desk)
ISBN: 1603290249
Publication Date: 2009
Published by the Modern Language Association, the 7th edition of this classic style guide provides students and researchers with important updates on the formatting and style of academic papers. MLA style is widely used in the Humanities (especially Literature, Rhetoric, and Cultural Studies).

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Chicago Manual of Style
Call Number: LB 2369 C55 2003 (at Reference Desk)
ISBN: 0226104036
Publication Date: 2003
The Chicago Style Guide has been published by the University of Chicago Press since 1906. Currently in its 16th edition, the guide provides the comprehensive overview of scholarly writing conventions in history and some social sciences.

Online Writing Lab (OWL) - Purdue University
Call Number: Online
Detailed summaries of APA and MLA styles, with examples of in-text citations and references for a multitude of information formats.

Chicago-style Citation Quick Guide - University of Chicago
Call Number: Online
A quick summary of the main aspect of the style, with examples.

Research and Documentation Online - Diana Hacker
Call Number: Online
"... covers the essential information students need for college research assignments in any discipline." (publisher's description). Including help with in-text citations and reference lists.
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