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Use American Psychological Association (APA) Style

Online help

APA formatting and style guide - Excelsior College OWL 
Click-through guide with citation examples and more

APA guidance from the CSU Writing Center (online)   
APA guidance from the CSU Writing Center.

APA exposed tutorials - Harvard (online)
Multiple, brief online tutorials.

APA style blog (online)
Guidance from APA style experts.

Official guides

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (print)
Libraries copies of the complete, 6th edition guide to APA style.

APA style guide to electronic resources (online PDF)
Guidance on citing specifically electronic resources (websites, online journal articles, and more). CSU affiliates may print or save this guide for personal use.

Locate DOIs's Simple Text Query (online)
Enter citations and readily locate existing DOIs.

Use American Medical Association (AMA) Style

Official guides

AMA manual of style: a guide for authors and editors.
Online | Print copies in the Libraries.

  • NLM catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI databases
    Use to locate official journal abbreviations for use in AMA style. Search the journal title with [jo] added to the journal name, as shown here:

    the journal of supportive oncology [jo]

    Can't locate here an abbreviation for the journal that you are citing? : use the guidance in section 14.10 of the manual, and the resources listed there, to abbreviate the journal title according to specific criteria.

AMA style insider.
Official blog of the AMA Style Manual. Find answers and submit questions.

Additional guides

AMA citation style. (online)
A brief, online guide by the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. (online)

Use Chicago Style

Official guides

Chicago manual of style.
Online | Print copies in the Libraries

Additional guides

Chicago manual of style - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). (online)
Succinct online guide to Chicago style, with illustrative examples.

Chicago manual of style (notes system) guidance from the CSU Writing Center. (online)

Use Modern Language Association (MLA) Style

Official guides

MLA handbook for writers of research papers. (print)
The complete 7th edition in paper copy, available in the library and for loan.

Additional guides

MLA formatting and style guide - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). (online)
Succinct online guide to MLA style, with illustrative examples.

MLA guidance from the CSU Writing Center. (online)   

Get Help with Citing Government / Legal Sources

If the other style guides on this page do not provide enough information for citing government / legal sources, use:

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (print copy in Morgan Library)

Discover Writing and Citing Tools


Zotero is a free bibliographic tool that allows you to store and organize references, and easily capture citation information from web pages and databases. You can use Zotero to generate citations and bibliographies and directly insert them into your papers using Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or LibreOffice.

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EndNote software can help you collect and organize reference (citation) data for books, articles, and other resources. EndNote's "cite while you write" feature allows you to insert into your papers references formatted in the style of your choice (APA, MLA, and many more).

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Check out this comparison chart from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for help choosing the best citation manager for you.

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