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Research Paper Help: Citing Sources

Citing Styles

APA Style

Citing Sources

Research papers require the inclusion of a list of sources used as well as "in text" citations. Your instructor will dictate the format by giving you the name of a style manual. The most often used in the study of languages and literature is MLA, Modern Language Association. The most often used in social sciences is APA, American Psychological Association. Other style manuals include Chicago Style Manual and Turabian, which is based on Chicago. 

The Pensacola State Libraries have copies of  The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and The MLA handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Several Web-based citation composer services offer fill-in-the blank templates for the automatic creation of bibliographies.

Don't assume these "automatic" citation builders like those below provide correct citations. Check the formats yourself before turning in a research paper!

Your instructor is the final authority on the correct format for your paper.

Citation Builders

MLA Citing Handouts: Valencia College

MLA Style

Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian