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Citation Styles Guide

A quick guide to common citation styles Citation Styles Guide

How to Use This Guide

This guide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources for your academic assignments. Each page contains resources for a specific citation style used at St. Kate's. You'll find quick citation guides, tutorials, and links to the official citation style websites. Most of your citation issues can be addressed by using these resources.

If you can't find an answer or if you have specific citation questions, reach out to a librarian or to the O'Neill Center for Academic Development. They have peer tutors who can answer your citation questions as well.

How Do I Choose a Citation Style?

The use of a specific citation style depends on the academic discipline. In general:

  • APA (American Psychological Association) is used by in the social sciences, nursing, education, and business.
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) style is used in English, history, and the humanities.
  • AMA  (American Medical Association) is generally used in the health sciences, such as physical therapy.

Your instructor should specify which citation style is to be used in a course. If you're not sure, ask! You may use multiple styles as an undergraduate at St. Kate's. At the graduate level, your citation style will be determined by your department or program.

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