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  • Research Help: 8. Cite it!

    Use this guide to help you learn about research and perform research yourself for both academic and leisurely activities.

    What is a citation?

    A citation is a formal statement describing where you received information. Citations (1) give credit to the person, people, or organization who created that information and (2) display your integrity to respecting others' work.

    Components of a citation include, but are not limited to:

    • Article/Book title
    • Author(s)
    • Editor(s)
    • Website link
    • Access date
    • Publication date
    • Journal name
    • Page number(s)
    • Book/Journal volume number
    • Journal issue number

    Not every citation will include every component. It depends on the resource you obtained information from. For example, a physical book will not have a URL, but an eBook will.

    *Have more questions about what a citation is?* Check out this webpage from Infobase titled "Citing Sources" that answers common questions regarding citations.

    Commonly used citation styles

    APA | American Psychological Association

    This citation style is frequently used in many subject disciplines like nursing, English, social sciences, psychology, and even engineering.

    The current edition is the 7th edition, so make sure that you format your citations in the appropriate edition format that your instructor or professor requests.

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    MLA | Modern Language Association

    This citation style is typically used in the humanities, but can be used in other subject areas.

    The current edition is the 9th edition, so make sure you format your citations in the appropriate edition format that your instructor or professor requests.

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    Chicago | Chicago Manual of Style

    This citation style is also commonly used around the world. Disciplines that typically use it are arts, humanities, and history, but many other disciplines use Chicago. Supposedly, it is the oldest citation style in use, with a history spanning more than 100 years. 

    The current edition is the 17th edition, so make sure you format your citations in the appropriate edition format that your instructor or professor requests.

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    Turabian

    This citation style is a simplified version of Chicago designed with students in mind. It mostly follows the normal guidelines from Chicago Style but (1) add extra guidelines on formatting papers, etc. and (2) walks you through the process of writing and research utilizing this citation style. You can also use it as a supplement to the normal Chicago Manual of Style.

    The current edition is the 9th edition, so make sure you format your citations in the appropriate edition format that your instructor or professor requests.

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    AMA | American Medical Association

    AMA is a standard format for medical research, health sciences research, and some other areas of scientific research.

    The current edition is the 11th edition, so make sure you format your citations in the appropriate edition format that your instructor or professor requests.

    Here is a great (and printable!) Reference Style Guide from the University of Southern California, as well as a link to their comprehensive LibGuide.

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    CSE | Council of Science Editors

    Citation style guidance regarding publishing in the sciences. Less commonly used style.

    The current edition is the 8th edition, so make sure you format your citations in the appropriate edition format that your instructor or professor requests.

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