Citing Your Sources

There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. Which style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in or upon the requirements of your professor. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your professor.

Each style includes the same basic parts of a citation, but each style may have the parts in a different order. Remember to ask a Reference librarian for help if you need it.


Some Commonly Used Writing Style Guides:

apa

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA style is often used by students in the social sciences.
It can be found in Proctor Library's Ready Reference section at the call number RRef BF76.7 .P83 2001.

mla

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The MLA (Modern Language Association) style, is often used by students in languages and English.
It can be found in Proctor Library's Ready Reference section at the call number RRef LB2369 .G52 2003.

Chicago Manual of Style A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
This commonly-used style by Kate Turabian is a student version of a longer guide, The Chicago Manual of Style. It can be found in Proctor Library's Ready Reference section at the call number RRef LB2369 .T8 1996.
In addition, you can find a link to an excellent online guide for Citing Sources from Duke University on Proctor Library's homepage.
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