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Help!: Citation Styles

Tips for doing library research, identifying types of resources, citing those resources, and links to other library catalogs.


Once you've researched, you need to document what you've found in your paper.

There are several major (and many more minor) styles used for formatting citation information. This guide provides links to resources that will help you properly format your paper according to the style specified by your professor.

This page begins with general guides covering multiple styles. Additional subpages focus on these styles:

APA: American Psychological Association Style

MLA: Modern Language Association Style


AMA: American Medical Association Style

Other Styles & Topics: ACS, CBE, ERIC, etc.

Managing Your Citations/References

WCU Libraries, through its subscription to the Web of Science databases, provides access to a robust web-based bibliographic citation management service, EndNote Web. See the tab above for how to set up an account and use this powerful utility.

Citation Creators

These tools let you chose your citation style and source type, then you enter the information and they create a formatted citation for you. They can be very handy, but be sure to check your results for errors! Automation is not perfect!

Guides that Cover Multiple Styles

These sites cover all of the "major" citation styles. You will find help with the Chicago and Turabian Styles in these sites.

Writing Center

Need help with the writing process?

The Writing Center has tutors that can help at any stage (even if you haven't actually started writing).


Thank you to Loring Prest, Electronic Resources Librarian, Louis L. Manderino Library, California University of Pennsylvania.  These Citation Styles pages and content were adapted, with permission, from his guide Citation & Style Guides,

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