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How do I cite a source (APA, Chicago, MLA, ASA, CSE)?

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There are many different "styles" you may choose from when citing sources. MLA (Modern Language Association), Chicago, and APA (American Psychological Association) are the three most common styles. Your professor will probably tell you which style is he or she would like you to use. 

For detailed examples and helpful resources for each of the different citation styles, visit our Citing Your Sources guide. 

You may also want to think about using RefWorks, a tool called a 'citation manager' that helps you collect, and then create, citations. Click here for a guide to getting started, or just log in to RefWorks

Dinand Library also has recent editions of style manuals in the Main Reading Room. These manuals include more detailed information about each style, and examples of both citing and correctly formatting your papers. 

  • MLA: Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Call number: LB2369 .M53 2016
  • APA: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (A.P.A. ), Call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
  • Chicago: The Chicago Manual of Style, Call number: Z253 .U69 2017
  • A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Call number:  LB2369 .T8 2013
  • A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, Call number:  D13 .R295 2004