How to Use This Guide

What is the scariest part about writing a paper? Some students say research, others say writing papers, but I think most will say in capital letters - CITING!

As librarians, our job is to help you find answers to research questions, but we recognize the need for help when writing or citing your information in a paper, so we have put together a guide to help you.

The tabs to the left are self-explanatory.

PS You do not need to create citations that are color-coded. They are color-coded in the guides only as an aid to help you quickly identify which part of the citation goes where between the different formats.

APA Cheat Sheet

 

Print Books

  • APA Style Guide to Electronic Sources -- RREF PN171 .A63 2007 *
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association -- RREF BF76.7 .P83, 2010 *

 

* RREF stands for Ready Reference near the Ask Here desk on the first floor.

Comparison Guide

This guide shows some basic examples side-by-side between APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA.

Web Source on APA

This is the American Psychological Association website's help section for users of their manual.

ASA Cheat Sheet

 

Print Book

American Sociological Association Style Guide -- RREF HM569 .A54 2014*

* RREF stands for Ready Reference near the Ask Here desk on the first floor.

Comparison Guide

This guide shows some basic examples side-by-side between APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA.

Chicago Notes and Bibliography Cheat Sheet

 

Chicago Author-Date Cheat Sheet

 

Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition: Overview

 

Changes Between the 16th and 17th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style

 

Comparison Guide

This guide shows some basic examples side-by-side between APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA.

MLA Cheat Sheet

 

Print Books

  • MLA Handbook (8th Edition) -- RREF LB2369 .G53 2016 * 

* RREF stands for Ready Reference near the Ask Here desk on the first floor.

 

Comparison Guide

This guide shows some basic examples side-by-side between APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA.

Web Resource on MLA

Check against the Manual before using the examples here, as there are mistakes, but a good start for creating a citation.

Other Writing Style Manuals

The AMA Style Guide for Business Writing -- available through EBSCO eBooks
Associated Press 2011 Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law -- RREF PN4783 .A83 2011 *,   and also on reserve at the circulation desk
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation -- RREF KF245 .B58 2000 *,   and also on reserve at the circulation desk
A Broadcast News Manual of Style -- RREF PN4784 .B75 M24 1994 *
Broadcast News Writing Stylebook -- RREF PN4784 .B75 P36 2002 *
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Disserations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers -- RREF LB2369 .T8 2013 *
The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage -- RREF PN4783 .N485 19999b *
The SBL Handbook of Style: For Near East, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies -- RREF PN147 .S26 1999 *
Sports Style Guide & Reference Manual -- RREF PN4784 .S6 S66 1996 *, PN4784 .S6 S66 1996
Style Guide [American Sociological Association] -- RREF HM569 .A54 2010
Style Manual for Political Science [APSA] -- RREF JA86 .A52 2006
U.S. Goverment Printing Office Style Manual -- available as a website from GPO Access.gov

* RREF stands for Ready Reference near the reference desk on the first floor.

Government Documents

From Cornell, get help and answers on how to cite government documents.

Website vs. Webpage

Telling the difference between the website and webpage title causes confusion. Please refer to the examples below to help differentiate.

If you look at the bottom of this page, you will notice a table of contents for all the webpage's on Pinkie's website. You will note though that in the table of contents, the name of each page may not be the same as the one on the actual page. Always USE WHAT IS ON THE PAGE!!!

Chicago Bibliography Entry:

D'Cruz, Pinkie. "Meanings and Legends of Flowers." Pinkie's Parlour, 1998. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/flowers/pcd10.html.

Chicago Reference Entry:

D'Cruz, Pinkie. 1998. Meaning and legends of flowers. Pinkie's Parlour. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/flowers/pcd10.html.

MLA Reference Entry:

D'Cruz, Pinkie. "Meaning and Legends of Flowers." Pinkie's Parlour. Parlor Dezzinz Graphics, 1998. Web. 05 Nov. 2009.

APA Reference Entry:

D'Cruz, P. (1998). Meaning and legends of flowers. Pinkie's Parlour. Retrieved from http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/flowers/pcd10.html

 Chicago Bibliography Entry:

"Learn about the Family History of Your Surname." Ancestry.com. 2009. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx.

Chicago Reference Entry:

Learn about the family history of your surname. 2009. Ancestry.com. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx.

MLA Reference Entry:

"Learn about the Family History of Your Surname." Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com, 2009. Web. 05 Nov. 2009.

APA Reference Entry:

Learn about the family history of your surname. (2009). Ancestry.com. Retrieved from http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx

As you can see in the next screenshot, not all the information is always self-evident:

Because they give you the date in a gray that is almost the same color as the background, the date is all but invisible, so sometimes finding citation information is a scavenger hunt.

Chicago Bibliography Entry:

 National Park Service. "Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial." NPS.gov, August 29, 2009. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.nps.gov/foca/index.html.

Chicago Reference Entry:

 National Park Service. 2009. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial. NPS.gov, August 29. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.nps.gov/foca/index.html.

MLA Reference Entry:

 National Park Service. "Timucuan and Ecological and Historic Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial." NPS.gov. U.S. Department of the Interior, August 29, 2009. Web. 05 Nov. 2009.

APA Reference Entry:

 National Park Service. (2009). Timucuan and Ecological and Historic Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial. NPS.gov, August 29. Retrieved from http://www.nps.gov/foca.index.html

Commercial sites can be fun because titles are not always obvious. If you were to have cited the amazon.com homepage there would be no webpage title, only the website title.

Chicago Bibliography Entry:

Amazon.com. "Music - 'Bing Crosby.'" 2009. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=bing+crosby.

Chicago Reference Entry:

Amazon.com. 2009. Music - "Bing Crosby." Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=bing+crosby.

MLA Reference Entry:

"Music - 'Bing Crosby.'" Amazon.com. Amazon.com, 2009. Web. 05 Nov. 2009.

APA Reference Entry:

Music - "Bing Crosby." (2009). Amazon.com. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=bing+crosby

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 Chicago Bibliography Entry:

Proctor Library. "Facts Aabout the Library." Flagler College. Accessed April 30, 2013. http://library.flagler.edu/content.php?pid=320726&sid=2648671.

Chicago Reference Entry:

Proctor Library. Facts about the library. Flagler College. Accessed April 30, 2013. http://library.flagler.edu/content.php?pid=320726&sid=2648671.

MLA Reference Entry:

Proctor Library. "Facts About the Library." Flagler College. Flagler College, Web. 30 April 2013.

APA Reference Entry:

Proctor Library. Facts about the library. Flagler College. Retrieved from http://library.flagler.edu/content.php?pid=320726&sid=2648671

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Chicago Bibliography Entry:

Farlex. "Up the Creek," in Idioms. The Free Dictionary. 2009. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Up+the+Creek.

Chicago Reference Entry:

Farlex. 2009. Up the creek, in Idioms. The Free Dictionary. Accessed November 5, 2009. http://www.idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Up+the+Creek.

MLA Reference Entry:

Farlex. "Up the Creek," in Idioms. The Free Dictionary. The Free Dictionary, 2009. Web. 05 Nov. 2009.

APA Reference Entry:

Farlex. (2009). Up the creek, in Idioms. The Free Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Up+the+Creek

Online Help

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Writing Handbooks (selected)

The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation -- REF PE1450 .C34 2003
The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage -- REF PE1460 .B4617 1998
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style -- available through EBSCO eBooks
The Elements of Style -- REF PE1408 .S772 2000,   PE1408 .S772 2000
The Holt Handbook: Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, and Sentences -- REF PE1408 .W37 2003,   PE1408 .W37 2003
How to Write a Paper -- available through EBSCO eBooks
The Little, Brown Handbook -- PE1112 .F64 1995
The Longman Researcher's Journal -- RREF LB1047.3 .M37 2002 *
Online! A Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources -- RREF TK5105.875 .I57 H376 2001 *
That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors -- REF PE1460 .J46 2007,   PE1460 .J46 2007
When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People -- available through EBSCO eBooks
Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age -- RREF QA76.15 .W55 1999 *
Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English -- PE1112 .O28 1998
Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused, and Concise -- PN151 .B76 2002
The Writer's Brief Handbook -- RREF PE1408 .R675 2005 *,   PE1408 .R675 1999
Writing Research: Transforming Data into Text -- available through EBSCO eBooks

* RREF stands for Ready Reference near the reference desk on the first floor.

Dictionaries/ Thesauri (selected)

The American Heritage College Dictionary -- REF PE1628 .A437 2002,   PE1628 .A437 2002
The American Heritage Thesaurus -- REF PE1591 .A44 2005
An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction -- available through EBSCO eBooks
Cambridge Thesaurus of American English -- available through EBSCO eBooks
Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins -- REF PE1580 .R43 2003
The Dictionary of Concise Writing: 10,000 Alteratives to Wordy Phrases -- REF PE1464 .F57 2002
The New Oxford American Dictionary -- REF PE1628 .N429 2005,   REF PE1628 .N486 2001
The Oxford English Dictionary -- REF PE1625 .O87 1989,   and available as an online database
Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus -- REF PE1628 .O95 2009
Roget's International Thesaurus -- PE1591 .R73 1977,   PE1591 .R37 1965,   REF PE1591 .R73 1992

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