Each element should be followed by the punctuation mark shown here.
Some style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Styleare quite flexible and cover both parenthetical and note citation systems. These may be referred to as citation formats as well as citation styles.
A number of organizations have created styles to fit their needs; consequently, a number of different guides exist. Individual publishers often have their own in-house variations as well, and some works are so long-established as to have their own citation methods too: Stephanus pagination for Plato ; Bekker numbers for Aristotle ; citing the Bible by book, chapter and verse; or Shakespeare notation by play.
It is most widely used in history and economics as well as some social sciences. The closely related Turabian style—which derives from it—is for student references, and is distinguished from the CMOS by omission of quotation marks in reference lists, and mandatory access date citation.
The Columbia Style was created by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor to give detailed guidelines for citing internet sources. Columbia Style offers models for both the humanities and the sciences. Includes sources in electronic format. Used by genealogists and historians.
Parenthetical referencing is recommended by both the British Standards Institution and the Modern Language Association. Harvard referencing involves a short author-date reference, e. MLA style was developed by the Modern Language Association and is most often used in the arts and the humanitiesparticularly in English studiesother literary studiesincluding comparative literature and literary criticism in languages other than English " foreign languages "and some interdisciplinary studies, such as cultural studiesdrama and theatrefilmand other mediaincluding television.
This style of citations and bibliographical format uses parenthetical referencing with author-page Smith or author-[short] title-page Smith, Contingencies 42 in the case of more than one work by the same author within parentheses in the text, keyed to an alphabetical list of sources on a "Works Cited" page at the end of the paper, as well as notes footnotes or endnotes.
It is available for sale both in the UK and in the United States. It is similar to MLA stylebut has some differences. For example, MHRA style uses footnotes that reference a citation fully while also providing a bibliography.
Some readers find it advantageous that the footnotes provide full citations, instead of shortened references, so that they do not need to consult the bibliography while reading for the rest of the publication details.
In these areas, the term "footnote" is actually used as a synonym for "reference", and care must be taken by editors and typesetters to ensure that they understand how the term is being used by their authors. Legal citation The Bluebook is a citation system traditionally used in American academic legal writing, and the Bluebook or similar systems derived from it are used by many courts.
Inline citations allow readers to quickly determine the strength of a source based on, for example, the court a case was decided in and the year it was decided. Sciences, mathematics, engineering, physiology, and medicine[ edit ] The American Chemical Society style, or ACS styleis often used in Chemistry and some of the physical sciences.
In ACS style references are numbered in the text and in the reference list, and numbers are repeated throughout the text as needed. In the style of the American Institute of Physics AIP stylereferences are also numbered in the text and in the reference list, with numbers repeated throughout the text as needed.
Brackets with author's initials and year are inserted in the text and at the beginning of the reference. Typical citations are listed in-line with alphabetic-label format, e. This type of style is also called an "Authorship trigraph. In one major variant, that used by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASMEcitation numbers are included in the text in square brackets rather than as superscripts.
All bibliographical information is exclusively included in the list of references at the end of the document, next to the respective citation number. The style of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEEor IEEE styleencloses citation numbers within square brackets and numbers them consecutively, with numbers repeated throughout the text as needed.
APA citation style is similar to Harvard referencinglisting the author's name and year of publication, although these can take two forms: In both cases, in-text citations point to an alphabetical list of sources at the end of the paper in a References section.
The American Political Science Association publishes both a style manual and a style guide for publications in this field.The MLA Format. Students and writers of research papers are generally required to use the MLA citation style if they are writing a topic that falls under the category of literature, literary criticism, philosophy, languages, or any of the major subjects in liberal arts and studies.
How Do I Format My MLA Works Cited Page? A works cited page is a comprehensive list of all the sources that directly contributed to your work – each entry links to the brief parenthetical citations in the main body of your work.
Writing a research paper is an important skill you need to learn. In order to do a paper properly you need to keep a few things in mind which will be outlined below.
According to MLA style, you must have a Works Cited page at the end of your research paper. All entries in the Works Cited page must correspond to the works cited in your main text. This LibGuide reflects the changes to MLA style as directed by the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition.
MLA Style: Basics Books Works Cited Search this Guide Search. MLA Style: Basics. This guide is intended to help you cite sources in MLA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what MLA style is and includes, find examples of MLA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in MLA, and more.
Formatting a Paper in MLA Style.