Citation Style Guides

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A style guide is a document that sets out the standards for writing and formatting documents. In academic writing, papers – and in particular, citations – must be styled according to the rules in a specific style guide. The accepted style guide varies by discipline, and by course (so make sure to check with your instructor if you're applying this to an assignment).

Use this page to find some of the more commonly used style guides. We link to web resources for the style guide, and to the actual books in our collection.

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APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide

preferred style in psychology and many [OWL- Purdue University]

AMA Style (American Medical Association)

the style guide published by the American Medical Association, which is a style that is adopted by some medical and scientific communities and publications.

ASA Style (American Sociological Association)

preferred style for sociology

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

Chicago Style Guide

preferred style for history and other disciplines in the humanities

IEEE Style: Engineering

Preferred style for Engineering.

  • IEEE Style [OWL- Purdue University]
  • The IEEE guide to writing in the engineering and technical fields [T11 .W75]

Indigenous Style

please note that you should inform your Professor if you choose to use this style
  • Elements of Indigenous Style [PN 147 .Y68 2018]
  • Templates For Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in APA or MLA Styles, see those sections.

Legal Style Guides

Preferred styles for Law. [for further information see Law Library]

  • Bluebook Citation for Legal Materials [OWL- Purdue University] [KF 245 .U54 – Law Library]
  • Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation – aka The McGill Guide [KF245 .P761 – Law Library]

MLA (Modern Language Association) Handbook

preferred style for languages, literature and the humanities. to buy a copy: MLA Handbook 9th ed. (2021).

Scientific style and format: Council of Science 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]
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