This Library Guide is intended to support the research needs of students and faculty who need information about:
This library guide will give an overview of several of the most frequently used citation styles as well as provide resources for additional styles used within the scientific disciplines. Official style guides will provide documentation on styles and give examples of how individual associations, journals or publishers format citations, bibliographies and footnotes.
Use the tabs along the side of this guide to assist you in finding the relevant information.
Individual citation styles [e.g APA, MLA, etc.] that are used across multiple disciplines warrant individual tabs with more detailed information.
Multiple disciplines have unique citation styles; for example, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Nursing, etc., use citation styles specific to that discipline. A list of some of these citation styles can be found under the "More Citation Styles" tab of this guide. Note: Subject library guides will also include citation information (e.g. nursing subject guide).
When should you cite sources?
Information that contributed to your thoughts, analysis or synthesis of ideas should be cited. Following are examples of when you should always cite your sources.
Deciding which specific citation style to use depends on several factors:
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