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Resources for ASU Online Students

A guide to using ASU Library for online students.

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ASU Library: Citation Styles
This page links to various style guides (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian) recommended for learning the basics of proper citation formatting.

Advice for Students on Citation and Scholarship
Written by the Director of the Writing Lab at Grinnel College, this article discusses the importance of academic honesty or integrity.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue
Many instructors refer to the free OWL web-site because it provides accurate and informative resources on writing and citation issues.

Citing Sources

As a college student you are expected to cite those sources which you quote, paraphrase or otherwise use in preparing your papers, reports and presentations.

The three most frequently used citation styles for students are APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association) Chicago Style (University of Chicago); see the ASU Library: Citation Style for more information.

  • Cited sources assist your professors in determining how thorough you were in identifying supporting evidence
  • Cited sources demonstrate your awareness of the range of literature on a topic.
  • Cited sources provide your reader with the information necessary for retrieving a copy of the item in case she wishes to consult it herself.
  • And yes, citing of sources is an ethical practice required by the university's Academic Integrity policy.

American Psychological Association or APA handbook, 6th edition   American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  BF 76.7 .P83 2010

Modern Language Association or MLA handbook, 7th edition   MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. LB 2369 .G53 2009.


   The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Z 253 .U69 2010.

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