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Citing Sources & Style Guides: Intro

How to use APA, MLA, and other citation styles.


When you write a research paper, you need to document where you found your information.

There are several major (and many more minor) styles used for formatting citation information. Use the resources in this guide to help you properly format your paper according to the style specified by your professor.

This page covers general guides covering multiple styles. Additional pages focus on specific citiation styles:

APA: American Psychological Association Style

MLA: Modern Language Association Style

Chicago/Turabian Style

AMA: American Medical Association Style

Other Styles & Topics

It is important to understand Plagiarism, so there are resources on this topic as well.

Library Tool Kit

Citation Creators

These tools let you chose your citation style and source type, then you enter the information and they create a formatted citation for you.

NOTE: These can be very handy, but be sure to check your results for errors! Automation is not perfect!

Guides that Cover Multiple Styles

These sites cover all of the "major" citation styles.

Writing Guides, including Annotated Bibliographies

These resources go beyond citations to cover writing process in general--and annotated bibliographies in particular.

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