Citation Style for Research Papers
Which should you use?
Ask each of your teachers which style they want you to use.
If they have no preference, you can use any or follow these
- APA: psychology, education, and other social
- MLA: literature, arts, and humanities.
- AMA: medicine, health, and biological
- Turabian: designed for college students
to use with all subjects.
- Chicago: used with all subjects in the
"real world" by books,
magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly
The complete hardcopy style manuals are kept on reserve in the Reference
Department. These contain examples about citing a wider variety of sources than these web pages
do, as well as other things you may need to know, such as margins, font size, etc.
is a web-based bibliography and database manager
that allows users to create their own personal database by importing references from text
files or online databases. They can use these references in writing their papers and
automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.
- Select "Sign up for an Individual Account" and then choose your
own login name and password.
Web works with ISI Web of Knowledge and other databases to
enable users to save, organize, format, and share their lists of citations.
- Click on the "Sign Up" link to create your individual account and to choose a password.
Citing Internet Sources
Each of the above styles includes internet sources. If you are
not obligated to follow any specific style and want clearer
examples, I've created my own style.