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Citation Styles

There are many, many citation styles for papers, and no one is an expert in all of them. In fact, very few people are expert in any of them. What is more important than mastering any one citation style is knowing where you can find information about the one you need. In college writing, MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) are two of the most common styles. Chicago is another citation style (this is the style used with Turabian), as is CSE (Council of Science Editors). And we can mention APSA (American Political Science Association) and ASA (American Sociological Association). The Writing Center has the manuals for most of these styles, and we are happy to talk with you about the conventions and expectations of each. Remember too that the Little Tiger Handbook has sections for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE.

  • APA style: A tutorial from the American Psychological Association itself.
  • APA style: A page from Purdue's Online Writing Laboratory that does have the most recent changes for APA.
  • APA style: A helpful video that walks you through formatting your paper--running head, page numbers, etc.
  • AP Style: The Associated Press has its own style, and this page from Purdue's Online Writing Laboratory walks you through some basics.
  • MLA style: A page from Purdue's Online Writing Laboratory on the beauty of MLA.
  • Witt Communication Style: The style guide followed by the Communication Department at Wittenberg.
  • Turabian: A quick guide from the University of Chicago Press.
  • ACS Format: A page from Williams College on the American Chemical Society guidelines.
  • Knight Cite: An online tool designed to help with MLA/APA/CHICAGO styles, from Calvin College.
  • APSA: The American Political Science Association manual is now online; click on the link on this page to download a copy.
  • ASA: From Purdue's OWL, a page on the American Sociological Association.
  • CSE: A link to the homepage for the Council of Science Editors (its eighth edition)
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