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Citation Styles

There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. Which style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your professor.

Each style includes the same basic parts of a citation, but may organize them slightly differently.

Below are some commonly used writing style guides:

APA style manual cover  The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA style is often used by students in the social and behavioral sciences.
MLA manual cover  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The MLA (Modern Language Association) style is often used by students in languages and literature.
Turabian manual cover  A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
This commonly-used style by Kate Turabian is a student version of a longer guide, The Chicago Manual of Style.

Style guides are available at the Reference Desk in Ablah Library. For a quick guide to writing citations in APA style, click here. For links to quick style guides online, visit our Virtual Reference Shelf.