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Citation Style

  • Different disciplines use different citation styles. Ask a librarian about the style used in your subject area.
  • Style is much more than formatting references. It includes:
    • language usage
    • font size, line spacing, and page numbering
    • paragraph, page, and table formatting, etc
  • There are copies of the major style manuals at the Research & Access Desk. These include:
    • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (aka Turabian - 8th edition)
    • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition),
    •  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association  (6th edition),
    • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, (7th edition), and
    • The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Fully searchable online in: Chicago Manual of Style Online
  • The library's Citation pages have samples of the most common types of research sources for APA and MLA.


Is crucial to good academic writing, and tests how well you understand the material you are using. Plagiarism tutorials and guides can help you practice this essential skill.

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Other Helpful Citation Resources

These are just a few free tools you can use to manage your research, articles, and citations to help you stay organized.