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Citation Styles

  • APA Style Guide
    The American Psychological Association website, with useful links regarding APA.
  • Chicago Manual of Style
    Official guide for Chicago Style
  • Duke University Citation Assistance
    Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source, either by way of parenthetical citation or by means of a footnote, as well as a complete reference in a bibliography. Offered here are resources for some of the most commonly used citation styles:
  • Everyday Writer
    Click on Documenting Sources to obtain citation assistance, including:
    Modern Language Association (MLA style)
    American Psychological Association (APA style)
    Council of Science Editors (CSE style)
    Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago style)
  • Everyday Writer - APA
    Includes APA Style documentation
  • Everyday Writer - MLA
    Includes MLA Style Documentation
  • LexisNexis Resources
    Help for news and business resources from LexisNexis Academic in MLA, APA, and Turabian citation styles.
  • LexsNexis Legal Resources
    Help for legal citation formats.
  • OWL - Purdue University
    These OWL resources will help you conduct research using primary source methods, such as interviews and observations, and secondary source methods, such as books, journals, and the Internet. This area also includes materials on evaluating research sources.
  • Refworks
    Use Refworks to help create your bibliography and organize your citations. Click on this link to take you to another LibGuide that hopefully will answer all your questions.

Parts of a Citation.

Depending on the style, a citation will include title, author, date, page numbers, publisher, place of publication, etc.

Used with permission from UAB Lister Hill Library - Go to their Libguide for more information:


Why Do We Cite?

Citations reflect the careful and thorough work you have put into locating and exploring your sources.
Citations help readers understand the context of your argument and are a courtesy to the reader, who may share your interest in a particular area of study.
Citations allow you to acknowledge those authors who contributed to your learning and your work.
Citations, by illustrating your own learning process, also draw attention to the originality and legitimacy of your own ideas.
By citing sources you demonstrate your integrity and skill as a responsible student and participant in your field of study.


"When and Why to Cite Sources." University at Albany. N.p., 2010. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. <>.

Samples of Citations

The following are examples of citations for using both APA and MLA:


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