citing sources

Citing Your Sources

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.

Some Commonly Used Writing Style Guides:

apa

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA style is often used by students in the social sciences.

mla

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The MLA (Modern Language Association) style, is often used by students in languages and English.

Chicago Manual of Style 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 and short handouts with examples are available at the Reference Desk at any of the CCAC Libraries. Online handouts are available on the library Web site.

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