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English 201C: Contemporary Authors Guide

This libguide supports Prof. Alan Soldofsky's English 201c course, focused on Creative Writing at the graduate student level.

Citation Tools

RefWorks is an online citation manager that can help you keep track of your references. It can also format your references according to the style of your choice (e.g., MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.). The Library subscribes to RefWorks so SJSU students and faculty can use it at no cost. 

MLA Style

MLA style is the style commonly used for English and Comparative Literature. Unfortunately, the MLA Handbook is not available in electronic form but there are several online sources for MLA citation and the library subscribes to Refworks which will format your citations to MLA style.  

Two excellent online sources for MLA style are Research and Documentation Online and The Everyday Writer. An internet search will find other cheat sheets, but when in doubt, check against the MLA Handbook or ask a Librarian.

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed is also available in print form at the King Library Reference Desk.

Typically, MLA style uses in-text parenthetical citations with a list of works cited. If your instructor asks you to use footnotes or endnotes, see Appendix B of the MLA Handbook.

Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition

Use the Chicago Manual Quick Guide to find out how to cite books, book chapters, journal articles, and more.

The Quick Guide gives examples for both the Notes & Bibliography system and the Author/Date system.

If you are using the Notes & Bibliography method:

  • N: shows how the citation appears in a footnote or endnote.
  • B: is how it appears in your bibliography.

If you are using the Author/Date system:

  • T: shows how the citation appears as an in-text citation.
  • R: is how it appears in your reference list at the end of your paper.

If the document type you wish to cite isn't in the Quick Guide, consult Chapter 17 of the Chicago Manual.