Research Tips

Citation Styles

Each discipline has its own citation style and usually the name of the course will clue you in to which style to use (e.g Psychology uses the style of the American Psychological Association (APA), and English uses the Modern Language Association (MLA)). Be sure to check with your professor about which style they prefer you to use.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers detailed information about the most common citation formats: APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style. These links will take you to general format information. Use the left sidebar on the Purdue OWL page to find more specific information about citation styles for different types of sources.

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We currently support the use of Zotero, a free, easy to use citation management platform built by scholars for scholars. Take the tour below (video will open in a new tab), get step-by-step instructions on installing Zotero, or set up a consultation with us and we'll walk you though it. 

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Don't like Zotero?

Try Endnote or Refworks for a subscription-based, desktop reference management or free browser-based platforms like CiteULike or Mendeley.