This guide was designed to assist you with citing your sources for a research paper. Review the general information on this page, then visit the tabs at the top of the page for detailed guides.
There are a variety of citation "styles" which format information differently. The style usually depends on the academic discipline involved (but always check with your instructor first, to verify which style should be used for your assignment).
- MLA style is typically used in the Humanities (i.e. language, literature, philosophy, art, communications, etc.)
- APA style is typically used in Social Sciences (i.e. business, education, psychology, criminal justice, etc.)
- Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts
Most Frequently Used Citation Guides
Quick links to popular citation guides. Use the tabs at the top of this page to access more detailed resources.
Why We Cite
"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation" (55).
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. Print.
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