Citing Your Sources

There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. Which style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your professor.

Each style includes the same basic parts of a citation, but may organize them slightly differently.

Some Commonly Used Writing Style Guides:


The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA style is often used by students in the social sciences.


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The MLA (Modern Language Association) style is often used by students in languages and English.

Style guides and short handouts with examples are available at the Reference Desk in the St. Paul Library.
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