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A guide to various citation styles such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. Also includes information about citation management programs.

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Introduction to Citation Styles

When you are asked to follow a certain citation style, you are being asked to format your paper in a particular way.  This includes title pages, headers, page numbers, in-text citations and quotes, works cited/reference lists, and more.

Which style you are asked to use will depend on your field of study, and your professors' preferences.  Typically, science, social science, and nursing majors use APA style, while English and other humanities majors use MLA style, and history majors use Chicago style.  When in doubt as to which style to use, ask your professor.

Specialists in Millikin's Writing Center hold workshops each semester on APA and MLA format, and are also available to assist you during a Writing Center appointment or open office hours.  For information on Writing Center hours and contact information, see the box on the left side of this guide. 

Librarians are also available at the Research Assistance Desk to assist with citation questions. 

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