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What citation style to use

There are many different citation or documentation styles such as MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style.

  • Check with your instructor to determine which style you should use. Different areas of study (e.g., history, medicine, psychology) tend to use specific citation styles.
  • Help is available at the UW-Madison Writing Center. Take a look at their Writer's Handbook.

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APA
The citation style established by the American Psychological Association for research papers in social studies. For more detail, see UW-Madison Writing Center.
MLA
The citation style established by the Modern Language Association for acknowledging sources used in a research paper in humanities. For more detail, see UW-Madison Writing Center.
Chicago Manual of Style
A style guide for American English published by the University of Chicago Press.
For more detail, see UW-Madison Writing Center.

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