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Cite Your Sources

The citation styles you use in your academic work will vary, most often dependent on the discipline of the individual course. When in doubt about what you should use, ask your instructor. 

Instructors seeking information on plagiarism and checking student papers should visit the Instructor page on plagiarism.

Below you will find information and links to the most common citation styles and guidelines for using these.

APA Style

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association describes the rules used to write papers following APA style. This style is used in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and criminology. Information about using APA style can be found in the following places:

MLA Style

Modern Language Association documentation guidelines are often used in the humanities fields, including English, comparative literature, literary criticism, and foreign-languages. Information about using MLA style can be found in the following places:

Chicago Style 

Chicago style is a documentation style used in history and other humanities fields and uses footnotes or endnotes.

RefWorks Citation Manager


The University Library and CITES provide access to RefWorks, citation management and formatting software. Information on specific aspects of RefWorks are available on the following pages:

Citation Builder

Citation Builder

This resource from North Carolina State University creates citations after you enter aspects of your source into a form. Select the appropriate style for your works cited from the results.