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Citation Help Guides

Which Style Should I Use?

Always check with your instructor for specifics on your assignment, but typically certain disciplines use a particular style:

MLA: English, Art History, Music, Religion, Language

APA: Nursing, Psychology, Education, Social Sciences

Chicago-Turabian: History

Citation Tips

  • Keep track of your sources for all your quotes and paraphrasing from the moment you start your paper.

  • Highlight the portions of text you've used and/or mark them with sticky notes.

  • Write down your quotes or paraphrasing with their corresponding sources on note cards.

  • Make sure you cite your sources in the text of your paper, as well as in your references/works cited/bibliography page.

  • Whatever method you choose, don't wait until you're done writing your paper to start your references page!


Paraphrasing is very useful for writing papers. It can help you develop a flow to your paper and avoid using a lot of quotes. You can also gain a better understanding of the passage when you put it in your own words. But remember: even if you paraphrase your source's material into your own words, you still need to cite your sources. Here are some resources to help you paraphrase effectively:


Citation Tools

There are many tools that you can use to help you with your citation. Remember that these tools are only as good as the information you put in - they can't check for accuracy. Make sure you double check all your citations before submitting your assignment.