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Depending on which class you are taking, you may be asked to use different 'citation styles' to cite your research sources (that is, to create a bibliography of the books, articles, government documents, web pages, etc. which you have used for a paper or project). There are many different styles of citation, and each discipline tends to have its own unique style. You may be familiar with MLA (used most often in high school), APA (used most often in the social and health sciences), or Chicago Handbook of Style.

In English classes, the most frequently used citation style is MLA style, from the Modern Language Association.  Alternately, you may be asked to use Chicago/Turabian style. You'll find information about these styles in the box to the right.

Generally speaking, use the citation style required by your professor. If your professor doesn't require a particular style (ask him or her), then either use the style you're most familiar with or use the style of a 'core' journal for the course's discipline (ask your professor about this too).

Whatever style you use, remember that RefWorks can help you cite in correct format. Click here for more information on RefWorks.

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