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Style and Citation Guides


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This list of style guides suggests ones that are commonly associated with academic subjects. But you should always check with your professor before choosing a style.

The most common style guides are MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE


Multidiscipline

Research and Documentation Online
By Diana Hacker. Guide for citing print and online resources using MLA / APA / Chicago / CSE

Anthropology

AAA Style Guide (American Anthropological Association); based on Chicago Manual of Style.

Art

Chicago or Turabian

Biology

CSE (Council of Science Editors)

Chemistry 

ACS (American Chemical Society)

Cinema Studies

MLA (Modern Language Association) or Chicago

Classics

Chicago or Turabian

Computer Science

IEEE Citation and Reference style examples

Earth and Oceanographic Science

Bulletin of the Geological Society of America style guide

Economics

Chicago; author-date system is often used.  Sometimes APA

Education

APA (American Psycological Association)

English

MLA (Modern Language Association)

German

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Government and Legal Studies 

APSA (American Political Science Association). Based on Chicago style.

Government Documents

Examples based on Chicago, APA, MLA

History

Chicago; Note: students may prefer the endnote or footnote style -  rather than parenthetical style.

Turabian

Humanities

Chicago, Turabian or MLA (Modern Language Association)

Law

Usually but not always, Blue Book (Compiled by the Harvard Law Review Association, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.)

Mathematics

American Mathematical Society. The AMS Author Handbook: General Instructions for Preparing Manuscripts. (Full text online; takes a while to load)

Music

Chicago or Turabian

Physics

AIP (American Institute of Physics)

Philosophy

ChicagoMLA (Modern Language Association), or, less common, APA (American Psycological Association)

Psychology

APA (American Psycological Association)

Religion

ChicagoMLA (Modern Language Association), or APA (American Psycological Association)

Sociology

ASA (American Sociological Association)

Theater & Dance

MLA (Modern Language Association)