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Citation Style

Citation "style" is a set of rules on how to format your paper and citations/references.  There are several citation styles (they vary according to the subject / discipline) but some common ones are:typewriter spelling out "http:// what?"

  • APA (American Psychological Association) - commonly used in the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, etc) and Education
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) - commonly used in the Humanities (English, Music, Languages) 
  • Chicago/Turabian - commonly used in Business and Journalism
  • Always check with your instructor to find out which style they require/prefer you to use.  There are more styles beyond these three so it's best to be certain which style is required before beginning.

Within each "style", there are rules for citation, which is a way of giving credit to sources you use in your research. Citing your sources entails a two step process: including the in-text citation (within your paper) and then listing the full citation (typically appears at the end of your paper in an alphabetical list).

Below are links for the two most frequently used citation styles at our school.  Please contact a librarian if you need help with any citation style and/or you would like someone to review your formatting.

MLA (Modern Languages Association) Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Citation Quick Links

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