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A guide to the major citation styles
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why cite?  Citing your sources:

  • Supports your claims and helps readers understand your viewpoints.
  • Shows readers how you arrived at your positions on issues.
  • Gives credit to the authors whose works you use.
  • Helps your readers find other works on the same topic.
  • Allows your readers to check your sources if they have any questions.

This guide is designed to help you understand and use the major citation style guides.  Click on the tabs above or the links below to navigate this site. 

You might also be interested in Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (Owl), and Capital Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing.

See also Research and Documentation Online.  (Click on "Sample Papers" to see examples of research papers.)

APA (American Psychological Association)

Chicago / Turabian

MLA (Modern Language Association)

ACS (American Chemical Society)

ASA (American Sociological Association)

CSE (Council of Science Editors)

STA (U.S. Geological Survey)

Other Guides

Print Style Manuals


Tips & Tricks

Sometimes a citation is necessary, and sometimes it isn't.



You don't have to type your citations out by hand! Use one of these free tools to generate citations automatically.

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