Citation Style Guides

Why Cite Sources

Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person's work, you must document the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if you base the ideas presented in your paper on that work, you must give the authors proper credit.

Citations provide evidence for your arguments and add credibility to your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of resources. In written academic work, citing sources is standard practice and shows that you are responding to this person, agreeing with that person, and adding something of your own. Think of documenting your sources as providing a trail for your reader to follow to see the research you performed and discover what led you to your original contribution.1

1Barker, J. (2006, October 11). Citation styles, style guides  and avoiding plagiarism. In Finding information on the Internet: A tutorial. Retrieved May 9, 2007, from

Online Resources

Print Resources

NOTE: Resources located in Ready Reference (3rd floor of the McDonald Library) do not circulate and must be used in the library. Locate the materials in the list below using the call number (in bold). Please ask a librarian if you need help locating these resources.

  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian) LB2369 .T8 2007 (Ready Reference)
  • AMA [American Management Association] Style Guide for Business Writing HF5726 .A49 1996 (Ready Reference)
  • American Medical Association Manual of Style R119 .A533 1989 (circulating collection)
  • Bluebook : A Uniform System of Citation KF245 .B52 2000 (Ready Reference and circulating collection)
  • Chicago Manual of Style Z253 .U69 2003 (Ready Reference and circulating collection)
  • MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing PN147 .G444 2008, 2nd and 3rd editions (Ready Reference and circulating collection)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association BF76.7 .P83, 5th and 6th editions (Ready Reference and circulating collection)
  • Writing a Research Paper American Style : An ESL/EFL Handbook PE1128 .L3377 1996 (ESL collection)