Citation Style Guides

A “Style Guide” describes an accepted format for citing references in academic writing. Check with your instructor to determine which style is required for your course. The following are guides to style guides. Please note that in most cases, the book that describes the style is the authoritative version.

APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide

preferred style in psychology and many other social sciences

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Guide

preferred style for languages, literature and the humanities

  • MLA handbook for writers of research papers (general) [LB 2369 .G53]
  • MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing (advanced) [PN147.G444]
  • MLA Style [OWL- Purdue University]

Chicago Style Guide

preferred style for history and other disciplines in the humanities

ASA Style Guide (American Sociological Association)

preferred style for sociology

  • American Sociological Association Style Guide [HM586 .A54]
  • ASA Style [OWL- Purdue University]

Scientific style and format: Council of Biology Editors

Preferred styles for Biology and other Sciences

Other Guides

  • How to Cite Statistics Canada Products [Statistics Canada]
  • A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations (Turabian) [LB2369 .T82]
  • The American Chemical Society style guide : a manual for authors and editors [QD8.5 .A25]
  • Geowriting : a guide to writing, editing, and printing in earth science [QE48.85 .G46]
  • AMA (American Management Association) handbook of business writing [HF 5726 .A485]