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Citation Style Guides (MLA, APA, CSE, and more): Home

Need help writing citations? This is the guide for you!

What's in a citation?

Most citations include the following information:

  • Author(s) (Either a person, an organization or corporate author.)
  • Title
  • Source (Such as place of publication and publisher for books; or title, volume, issue number, and pages numbers for periodicals.)
  • Date
  • URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for Internet sources

Information is arranged based on the type of material. Some citation types also include additional information.

The Basics

When writing a paper, creating a poster, or presenting your research, it is important to cite where you found your information. This allows people who read your research to find the sources you used, learn more, or verify your information. Style manuals are books that outline the appropriate format for citing the reference sources you use for your research papers. Style manuals also review rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.

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