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Citing and Writing Help

Information on writing, searching, evaluating sources, scholarly vs. popular articles, and citing your sources in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian style.

Why Cite?

Citing your sources may seem tedious, but it's important to cite because:

  • Citations allow others to find the information you used in your research paper.
  • They help establish the credibility of your research.
  • They acknowledge the work of other scholars who have made your own research possible.
  • And last but certainly not least, they help you avoid plagiarizing!

Citation Styles

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. These resources refer to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the arts and humanities. These resources refer to the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:

Chicago style is used in books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications. The Chicago Manual of Style focuses on providing guidelines for publishing in general, and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations focuses specifically on providing guidelines for student writers.


Style Manuals


Writing Help


Use RefWorks to manage your citations and references and to generate bibliographies in various styles.