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Citation Styles

It's important to cite your sources when writing a paper for a college course. There are many different citation styles available. The citation style you need to use for your work may depend on the discipline or your professor's preference. When in doubt, ask your professor what citation style you should use for their course.

Online citation help

Citation tips

  • Many databases create citations for you. Look for a citation button when you download full-text articles. Often this citation info isn’t formatted correctly. If you use citation info from databases, compare your citation elements and formatting against examples from the guides linked above.
  • Remember to take down citation information while using your source to avoid hunting it down later.
  • The Library has up-to-date copies of the APA, MLA, Chicago, and AMA style manuals/handbooks in print format at the Reference Desk.
  • Zotero is an open source solution for students wanting to keep track of their sources as they work. Try either the Firefox add-on or the stand alone client application.