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Citing Sources

What are Citation Styles?

When referencing the work of others in your own research, it is necessary to give credit to the original source. The major citation styles (below) provide an accepted template when writing in a discipline. Be sure to choose one style and be consistent throughout your paper.  Consult with your syllabus or ask your professor which style guide is appropriate and/or required. See the style guides on this page for citation instructions.

  • APA Style (American Psychological Association) is commonly used in the Social Sciences.
  • MLA Style (Modern Languages Association) is utilized in Fine Arts and Humanities.
  • Chicago Manual of Style is used by select humanities and social science disciplines like Art History and History.

Citation Style Guides

There are several citation styles, but the most frequently used on campus are MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles. The library maintains copies of each print style guide; just ask at the Reference Desk to locate the guide you need.

Research Process

Additional citation assistance, in-text citation examples, academic honesty information, and plagiarism avoidance tips can be found on the Hewes Library Research Process: Legal/Ethical webpage.

Citation: A (very) Brief Introduction

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