Citation Style Resources

Citations are used in written works to identify the source of information and/or data. There are many different styles used for citing resources and each institution has a preferred method. Professional or aspiring writers should make themselves comfortable with as many citation styles as possible. Provided below is a list of different styles and links to corresponding style guides. You'll notice some styles are specific to a certain industry.

AP Citation Style

The Associated Press has their own style requirements. If a student is pursuing a career in journalism it's highly important to be familiar with the AP style of citing resources. AP style covers citing resources as well as grammatical questions. Clicking the link above will open a .pdf file offered by Boston University showcasing the AP style.

APA Citation Style

This is the preferred style of the American Psychological Association. The APA developed the style for use in their publications and covers abbreviations, punctuation, statistics presentation, selection of heading and table construction in addition to citation style. Clicking the link above will bring you to Long Island University's APA citation guide.

ASA Citation Style

Similarly to APA style the American Sociological Association's style covers more than just citations. Dissertation authors are strongly encouraged to explore the ASA's official style guide. Click the link above to access their site.

AMA Citation Style

The American Medical Association developed their style as a guide for writer's submissions to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The AMA has many unique requirements for citing your resources but doesn't offer a guide for writer's to follow. Click the link above to see Washington University's AMA citation guide.

MLA Citation Style

The Modern Language Association developed their style to incorporate parenthetical notations. These notations were found within the body of the document and noted in an alphabetized directory at the end of the book. MLA rules do not generally call for footnote or endnote citations. Clicking the link above will take you to Purdue University's MLA style guide.

APSA Citation Style

This style, developed by the American Political Science Association, covers citing of resources, grammatical standards and requirements for presentation. As a lesser known style, guidelines can be hard to come by. Clicking the link above will bring you to a copy of the guidelines published on Lamar University's website.

Chicago Citation Style

When employing the Chicago Manual of Style, or Chicago Style of citing resources footnote and endnote citations are encouraged over the in-text style of citing. Bibliographies aren't prohibited in Chicago style but they aren't preferred either. Click the link above to access Ohio State's Chicago style guide.

Turabian Citation Style

Turabian style was based on the Chicago style, the difference being a focus on educational environments. Like Chicago style, Turabian style encourages the use of footnote and endnote citations over in-text citations. Clicking the link above will bring you to the University of Georgia's Turabian style guide.

Bluebook Citation Style

A very simple yet important style of resource citing, Bluebook style handles the citing of legal materials. The Bluebook style handles the citing of legal materials for court systems. It's one of the most widely used styles even though many have never heard of it. Click the link above to access the New England School of Law's Bluebook guide.