Citing Sources: Home
The goals of accurate citation are:
- To credit the author, and
- To enable the reader to find the material.
- Use the tabs above to select a citation style.
- Research and writing consultants will provide assistance in using these tools.
- Please consult your professor if you have any questions about the citation format you are to follow.
- For even more information, see the list of citation tools.
- Here is also a brief video about why we cite.
- Purdue Owl: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
Which Citation Style Should You Use?
First, double check your assignment guidelines! Your professor may have specified which style they require or prefer you to use. If your professor hasn't specified which style, use these guidelines to help you decide:
- MLA: Use for all WRT 150 or 120/130 classes. MLA is most commonly used in the Humanities in disciplines like English, Art, Philosophy, Religion, Languages, etc...
- APA: Most commonly used in the Social Sciences - Psychology and Sociology, for example, as well as the Health Sciences. It is also used in Education, Business, and Engineering.
- Chicago: There are two versions of Chicago Style. The 'Notes & Bibliography' form is used in History, while the 'Author-Date' form is used in most Sciences.
These are not the only citation styles which exist, but they are the three most common. If your professor has not specified which style to use, any of these will be acceptable. Just be sure to pick one style and use it consistently throughout your paper!