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What's a Citation Style?

Citation styles are formatting rules for citing other authors' work within your paper and in a bibliography at the end of your paper. For an introduction to citations, try these links below:


Citation Vocabulary

Citation style guides are directions and examples for formatting your paper and its bibliography. 

bibliography is the list of resources that you used in a paper. A bibliography is also referred to as "works cited" or "references"

Citation builders are online tools that automatically format your resources in a specific style. Remember that robots sometimes make mistakes, so it's a good idea to verify your citation formats in a citation manual or guide. 

Citation manuals are official citation style guides and are available for in-library use at the MHCC Library Reference Desk.


What Citation Style Do I Need to Use?

Ask your instructor which citation style you should use. There are several different citation styles, including: 

  • APA for social sciences
  • MLA for humanities
  • CSE for sciences
  • Chicago or AP for publishing

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

MLA (Modern Languages Association) Style

CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style

Chicago Style

AP (Associated Press) Style

AP style book cover

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