Q. How do I cite my sources?
The Library provides our own short guides to citing in various styles, as well as the full original guides. Find the style you need below:
MLA (Humanities, including English, Performing Arts, etc.)
The MLA Handbook, 8th Ed., is available in the Reference area (Ref 808.02 M699).
- EasyBib's visual guide to formatting your essay in MLA Style
APA (Social Sciences, including Psychology, Business, Communication, and Education)
The entire Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is available in the Reference area (7th edition at Ref 150.149 Am35).
- APA Style Guide (SMC Guide 7th Edition)
- APA Style Guide for Business - (SMC Guide) A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide (7th edition) highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.
- APA Style Blog (Electronic Resources) - For formatting rules that apply to resources not found in the print manual.
- Academic Writer- This online resource from APA has samples, examples, and other formatting help.
Chicago (Politics, Art, History, Anthropology)
The entire Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) is available in the Reference area (Ref 808.02 Un3e), and is also available online. You can also visit the Quick Guide from the Chicago Manual publishers.
- Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date) [SMC guide for social sciences, like politics]
- Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) [SMC guide for humanities, like history and art]
The entire Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is available Ref 808.02 T840c.
Also, A Pocket Guide to Writing History (8th edition), also known as "Rampolla," is available in Reference (Ref 907.2 R148a). This writing guide uses Turabian, which is similar to the Chicago style of citation.
ASA American Sociological Association (SMC Guide)
The preferred format for anthropology is now Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date)
[Note: Some anthropology faculty may still prefer AAA American Anthropological Association (SMC Guide) style]
American Chemical Society (Chemistry; Biochemistry)
See the Quick Guide to Citing Using the ACS Style Guide from Pennsylvania State University's Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library or consult the full guide: The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information. (Ref. 540.02 D661a) 3rd ed. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society; Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
The entire Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers 7th ed. is available: Ref 808.0665 C832.
National Library of Medicine (Medicine/Health)
The entire National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citations is available: Ref 808.02 P274.
Zotero - A free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
Mendeley - A free reference manager and academic social network.
EndNote Basic - A free web-based program that allows you to store, edit, and manage citations.
EasyBib - Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA (free version), APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.