Style Guides, Citations, and Bibliographies
There are several different styles for writing academic papers. Usually, you will be required to format your paper and provide citations according to a particular style guide, often corresponding to the style guide required by a discipline or area of study. For a brief comparison of commonly used style guides, with links to color coded examples of each, see Citation Style for Research Papers
from Long Island University, and Citation Help
from SUNY New Paltz Sojourner Truth Library for tips and tools. For additional help with your papers, see the resources and assistance offered by the Center for Academic Development and Learning
(Tutoring Center) website.
Note: In all cases, your instructor is the ultimate authority as to the proper style and citation form required in a course. Ask you instructor if you have any questions about what format or style guidelines apply for particular assignments in the class.
Help with Citations and Style
- Specific Style Guides:
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Chicago Manual of Style
- Turabian Manual for Writers
- Associated Press Stylebook
- How to cite...
- Electronic Resources
(Purdue University, Online Writing Lab)
- Government Documents
- National Archives
(gov't archival documents, including digitized reproductions)
(recorded music, sheet music, CDs, et al.)
- Legal Cases etc.
- Bibliographic tools
Help with Bibliographies, Abstracts, and Literature Reviews
- Creating Annotated Bibliographies
- Article Abstracts
- Literature Reviews