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Research 101: A Self-Guided Tutorial

Research Smarter

3 - Citation Styles

My Professor Says I Have To Use MLA Format For My Works Cited List. What Does That Mean?

There are many different formats for citing the sources you use in your research. Here are a few. Regardless of which source you use, you must include the same basic bibliographic information when citing a source.

Format  Discipline 

Modern Language Association (MLA)

MLA Handbook cover

Humanities

American Psychological Association (APA)

Social Science
Education

Business

Nursing 

Council of Science Editors (CSE) 

Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Mathematics 

Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago)

Humanities
Social Sciences

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Engineering