There are many guides for learning citation styles for both print and electronic resources. Students should use the style guides generally accepted by their departments. You'll need to ask your professor which one he or she prefers. On this page, you will find guides (books and webpages) to citing both print and electronic resources from a variety of venues.
If you have any difficulties, be sure to consult with a Reference Librarian.
It is important that you are consistent throughout your paper in how the citations are presented and what information they include. Remember, the whole concept of citations is to help your reader identify and retrieve the same material you used!
The following list of citation style guides gives information and examples for writing papers and citing research using the conventions listed. Check the Library Catalog or at the Reference Desk for print copies of these and other style guides.
American Psychological Association (APA) Guides
Scientific Citation Style Guides
American Medical Association Style Guides
More Style Guides
University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
Examples are based on The Style Manual for Political Science. Includes guidelines for print sources.
University of Washington
Examples are based on The National Library of Medicine: recommended formats for bibliographic citation. Includes guidelines for print sources.
It is important to credit the source of anyone else's ideas that you have used or mentioned in your writing. If you don't, you could be accused of plagiarism - a charge that is taken very seriously by teachers and exam boards
This guide will help you understand:
Why you need to reference your sources
Recognise the details needed to make up a citation/reference
How to use Word 2007 to quickly & easily incorporate citations and bibliography into your work
How to construct a citation/reference for a bibliography using the Harvard (APA) system (favoured by British exam boards)
There are many guides to help you understand how to format and present your citations in a bibliography or as footnotes or endnotes in a paper or thesis. The library provides online access to the most standard citation guidebook: The Chicago Manual of Style. We also have all the major guides to Psychology, MLA, ASA and other guides. To find those books, see the links below.