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Some of the most frequently used citation formats are APA, Chicago, and MLA styles.

Welcome

This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.

There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the tab for the style you need and take a look at some examples.

When Should I Cite Something?

"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."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.

Which Style Should I Use?

There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
  • APA style is often used by Education, Psychology, and Business.
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts

Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, stick with that style throughout your work.

Citation Management

There are a variety of websites and software available to assist you in keeping track of the sources you use while researching and writing your paper. 

Subject Guide

Need More Help?

For additional assistance with any of these Citation Styles, or for help with any research questions, check in with one of the librarians at Crossett Library:

Jared Della Rocca

Joe Tucker

Oceana Wilson

Capitalization in Foreign Language Titles

When adding a title that is in a foreign languge, follow these basic rules regardless of citation style:

For German, capitalize the first word and all nouns.

For French, capitalize THROUGH the first noun in the title.

For Italian and other languages, capitalize just the first word.

(NOTE: Always capitalize all proper nouns.)

Guide Authorship

This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. and modified by Joe Tucker, Research Services Librarian at Bennington College.    

Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.

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