Citation FAQ from Charles Lipson's Doing Honest Work in College

The top two citation styles: MLA tends to be used in the Humanities. APA shows up in the Social Sciences.

Online 'plug-and-play' citation Sites:

Citation Styles Best Practice: Buy the book! If you are in a program that is going to require a LOT of writing within a specific style, you should go ahead and buy a style guide. Undergraduates probably do not need to purchase the entire APA Publication Manual, but there are several alternative versions available, including a very nice! one from ISU's own Dr. Robert Perrin, entitled, Pocket Guide to APA Style. Graduate students using APA should purchase a copy of the APA Publication Manual. You can also investigate APA-Style Helper 5.1. See also APA's complete list of style-guide publications.

If you do not take a Freshman Writing course {typically English 105 or 107}, you may still wish to purchase a copy of the Handbook for College Research. It includes citation information - and a SAMPLE PAPER - for the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, APA, Chicago Manual of Style {and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations}, and CBE {aka Scientific Style and Format: The Council of Biology Editors Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers}. Note: for graduate students, the MLA has an additional publication, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. What's the difference?



How do you cite a podcast, vodcast, blog entry, YouTube video, RSS feed entry, etc.? Are the style manuals keeping up with these newer forms of information? Well, that depends. In some cases you may not be allowed to use media for your research project. If you are, and you cannot find a citation format, check with your teacher or librarian, or do a targeted web search and verify any format suggestion with your teacher before proceeding.

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