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Research Process: 4b. Citation Style

No matter what stage of the research process you're at--only beginning, stuck in the middle, or finishing up with citation polishing--this guide is a great resource for you.

Citation Style

4b. Usually an instructor will guide you toward a particular citation style to use in your project. The three most common choices are MLA, APA, and Chicago. Although each style has differences, they work toward the same goal: giving credit to an author for their original work and ideas.

  • You will want to pay attention to citing your resources within your project and generating a bibliography for the end of your project. For in-text citations, please look at the examples and links below.
  • Earlier in the research process, you may have used your RefWorks account. You may now use your citations to help you generate a bibliography. Please note, RefWorks gathers its data for bibliographies from the original database you used, and if the information was entered incorrectly then, it will still be incorrect in RefWorks. Always double-check your bibliographies against a handbook to check for accuracy.

Online Citation Resources

For help with your citations over the phone or in person, please consider giving the Academic Resource Center (ARC) a call. You may book an appointment by visiting their website. Feel free to contact the library, too!


The library has a separate guide just for helping you find handy links to citation information. Please give it a try.

Citation Guides

These print versions of popular citation guides are always available from the library's reference collection.

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