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.
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.