Use American Psychological Association (APA) Style
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.
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.
CrossRef.org's Simple Text Query (online)
Enter citations and readily locate existing DOIs.
Use American Medical Association (AMA) Style
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.
AMA citation style. (online)
A brief, online guide by the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Use Chicago Style
Chicago manual of style - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). (online)
Succinct online guide to Chicago style, with illustrative examples.
Use Modern Language Association (MLA) Style
MLA handbook for writers of research papers. (print)
The complete 7th edition in paper copy, available in the library and for loan.
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)
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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.
Download info is available at http://www.zotero.org
- Libraries Zotero guide
- Zotero Support for instructions and other tips and tricks
- Zotero introductory screencasts
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).
- Libraries EndNote guide
- EndNote provides helpful online tutorials, webinars, tip sheets, and guides
- More EndNote video tutorials (Yale's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library)
Check out this comparison chart from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for help choosing the best citation manager for you.
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