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Citing Sources

Introduction to Citation Styles

This guide will help you understand and apply different citation styles when writing research papers. The two styles that are most frequently used by our faculty are MLA and Chicago. This guide provides examples of citations using each of these styles. Always check with your professor to see which citation style is required for the class.

MLA Chicago

Academic Writing

"Academic writing is at its root a conversation among scholars about a topic or question. Scholars write for their peers, communicating the results of their research through books, journal articles, and other forms of published work. In the course of a project, they seek out relevant publications, to learn from and build on earlier research. Through their own published work, they incorporate, modify, respond to, and refute previous publications."

MLA Handbook. Eighth edition. MLA, 2016, p.5.