Check with your professor/advisor to find out which citation style is preferred for your research. Commonly-used styles include:
When citing your research:
Some databases can generate citations for users after they select a preferred citation style. If you are using one of these databases, be aware that they do not always produce correctly formatted citations. You will have to double-check the citations to make sure they are formatted properly.
Purdue's Online Writing Lab provides a guide to using the APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. It includes examples of citations as well as sample papers.
Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.
Reference Desk LB2369 .U6 (17th 2017)
Style manual developed by the University of Chicago Press
The style manual for IEEE publications; information about the citation style starts on page 34. See also the IEEE Citation Reference and Preparation of Papers for IEEE Transactions and Journals for more examples of this citation style.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed.
Reference LB2369 .G53 2016
Official style manual of the Modern Language Association
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.
Reference BF76.7 .P83 2020
Official manual for the APA citation style
Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th ed.
Reference T11 .S386 2014
Style manual for the Council of Science Editors
If you need to format a few citations quickly, free citation sites generate citations based on information users provide about their sources. Remember that the citations will only be as good as the information entered, so make sure to double-check your work.
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