Table of Contents
This guide will help you create citations and bibliographies in the proper style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
Why, when, and how to cite.
American Psychological Association guide
Chicago guide & Turabian guide
Modern Language Association guide
AAA, ACS, ASA, CSE guides
Zotero, Refworks, MS Word, & others
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Quick answers to commonly asked questions.
Links to helpful websites and resources.
What Is a "Style Guide"?
A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field. A style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents.
Which Style Should I Use?
Your professor will probably tell you which citation style to use for your paper or thesis. If not, the following list provides a general guide:
- APA: Psychology, Education
- ASA: Sociology
- CBE/CSE: Biology, Natural Sciences
- Chicago/Turabian: History, Art History, Political Science
- MLA: English, Humanities
How are they different? See a comparison of APA, MLA, and Chicago style from Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab).