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Scholars use style guidelines to properly credit sources used in their writings and to build credibility. Proper use of style formats can also protect students from accusations of plagiarism or unintended copyright infringement.

Basic Style Guides

There are numerous style guides each developed for use by specific subject specialties and disciplines.  The three major citation styles ar:

  • APA Style (American Psychological Association) used primarily in the social sciences, education, and engineering.  At Spring Hill College it is also used by the School of Nursing.
  • MLA Style (Modern Language Association) and is often used in the humanities.
  • Turabian or Chicago Style is often used in History, Theology, and frequently required for articles being published in academic journals.

If you are not sure which citation style you should be using, be sure to ASK YOUR PROFESSOR!  Some professors may penalize you for using incorrect citations or formats.

This LibGuide will provide a general overview of how to use each style.  However, for detailed information you should refer to the official publication manuals.  These manuals are available in the Reference Section of Burke Memorial Library or can easily be purchased in most book stores or on line at Amazon.com.  Call numbers for each manual are located below.

REGARDLESS OF THE STYLE YOU ARE USING, BE SURE THAT YOU USE IT CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT YOUR PAPER.  DO NOT MIX CITATION STYLES!

Style Tutorials from YouTube

These tutorials are provided to familiarize you with the basic elements of setting up papers using various citation formats.  While they can provide you with useful, introductory information, we cannot guarantee their accuracy or that they include the latest changes or version of the published style guides.  ALWAYS, refer to the latest print version for specific details about formatting your paper.

Style Guide Call Numbers

Copies of these manuals can be found in the Reference Department.

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