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Cite It Right - Quick Guide for Citations

Citation Styles Used at Oakton

Three styles are commonly used at Oakton.
  • MLA  - Modern Language Association
         MLA citation style is primarily used for research papers in English classes. 
  • APA - American Psychological Association
         APA citation style is primarily used for research papers in nursing and social sciences classes.
  • Chicago Manual of Style
        Chicago Style is often used for research papers in history or humanities classes.

Citation styles give you rules crafting citations.

  • what information is needed for each type of source,
  • what order to arrange the information, and
  • how to create a list of citations for a Works Cited, References, or Bibliography page  


Your List of Citations

When you are finishing your research paper, it's important to gather up all of your sources and make a list of complete citations for each source.

That list has a different name in each citation style.

  • MLA - Works Cited
  • APA - References
  • Chicago - Bibliography

Even though the lists have different names they have many features in common.

  • Start your list of citations on a new page
  • Center the title of your citation list
  • Arrange the citations in alphabetical order by the last name of the author
  •         or, if there is no author, by the first major word in the title.
  • Double space the information in the list
  • Use a hanging indent for each entry
  • Do not number items in the list of citations

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