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Why we cite

A (Very) Brief Introduction" by NCSU Libraries is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0 US

Citing your sources:

  • allows readers to examine your thinking and discover the works that inspired you
  • allows you to acknowledge the ideas of others in your own writing
  • demonstrates how your writing fits into the broader conversation on a topic

When reading another person's work, you can use their citations to:

  • follow the conversation between writers on a particular topic
  • find more sources to read and use in your own writing
APA Style (Social Sciences)
APA Style Citation Help Guide [PDF](177KB)
Wheelock Library's own guide to the most common sources cited.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (R 808.02 Am3p 2010).
APA Formatting and Style Guide
From Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
APA Sample Paper
A sample manuscript formatted in APA Style from Purdue OWL
APA Style Help
Resources from the American Psychological Association
"The Basics of APA Style"
Tutorial from the APA Style website

"Understanding APA Citations" by Wheelock College Library is licensed under CC-BY 4.0

MLA Style (Humanities)
MLA Style Citation Help Guide [PDF](206KB)
Wheelock Library's own guide to the most common sources cited.
MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition (R 808.02 G53 2016)
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
From Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The MLA Style Center
Resources from the Modern Language Association

Chicago Style (Arts and History)
Chicago Style Citation Help Guide [PDF](354KB)
Wheelock Library's own guide to the most common sources cited.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (R 808.02 T84m 2013)
Also known as the "Turabian manual"
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (R 808.02 C432 2011)
Chicago Manual of Style Questions and Answers
See also the examples in the "tools" section of the website.

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