With so many different citation styles, how do you know which one is right for your paper?
First, we strongly recommend asking your instructor. There are several factors which go into determining the appropriate citation style, including discipline (priorities in an English class might differ from those of a Psychology class, for example), academic expectations (papers intended for publication might be subject to different standards than mid-term papers), the research aims of an assignment, and the individual preference of your instructor.
Make sure you ask your instructor what style you will be using.
The most important thing to consider is citing correctly and avoiding plagiarism.
APA Style is currently in its 6th edition. It is a citation format established by the American Psychological Association. The format was developed to ensure consistency and to provide style rules for scientific writing. For more information go to APA style.
This format is used mostly for:
What does APA Style include?
Five Top Reasons to Use APA Style:
The MLA Handbook, 7th edition, is being superseded by the 8th edition, which was published in April 2016. During this transition it is very important that you know which edition of the MLA Handbook your instructor is using for your class assignments. If your instructor is NOT using the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook, go to the subject guide for the 8th edition. Also, it is important to note that some databases may not have updated to the 8th edition, as well as some citation generators. For more information visit MLA Style Center.
MLA is most often used in the Humanities disciplines including, but not limited to:
What does MLA Style include?
What's the difference?
"Turabian is a kind of citation involving either footnotes or endnotes. For the most part, it is a condensed version of the Chicago stylebook written especially for student writers." Hollins University Writing Center
Chicago and Turbanian are most often used in the Humanities disciplines including, but not limited to:
What does Chicago Style include?
The Council of Science Editors (CSE) offers three systems of documentation. In all three systems, a reference list at the end of the paper provides all the information your reader needs to track down your sources. In-text references in your sentences show your reader which sources support the claims and information of that sentence.
CSE is used in all areas of science and related fields has been fully revised by the Council of Science Editors to reflect today’s best practices in scientific publishing
What does CSE Style include?