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Why Cite?
One of the most important reasons to cite your sources is to avoid plagiarism. Citing your sources is a standard academic practice that helps your reader find the resources you used to write your paper. It provides evidence to support your work and improves your credibility.

Different majors/disciplines have different citation styles that they require- your instructor should let you know which style is required for your course or project.

Librarians & library staff are here to help you with your citation questions, or you can check out one of the citation style manuals that the library has, or look up some basic citation examples here on our website. You can also use RefWorks to store your citations and help you create your bibliography.
Not sure what plagiarism is? Check out our online tutorial or stop in and talk to your librarian.

AMA (American Medical Association) Style Guide
AMA style is used by Physical Therapy and many of the Health sciences. 
APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide (6th edition)
APA style is used by Psychology, as well as many Life and Health Sciences.
MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Guide (9th Edition)
MLA style is typically used in humanities fields – Art, Music, English, foreign languages.
Chicago Manual Style Guide (16th edition)
Chicago style is used by History and Religion, but may be required by other fields. 
Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age by Diana Hacker

Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age (5th edition)
Diana Hacker's style manual
Required purchase for freshman

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Click on a book cover to see books you can check out about each citation style.
APA Style Guide MLA Style Guide
AMA Style Guide Chicago Style Guide

 

 
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