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Citation Managers let you
- Import citations from the catalog and databases
- Store and organize citations
- Add research notes
- Format in-text citations
- Create bibliographies in different citation styles
Citation Style Guides show you how to
- Document the sources you are using in your work
- Create citations manually for all types of sources
- Embed quotations and paraphrases properly in your text
What is a Citation Style Guide? It's a handbook that describes the accepted format for citing the resources and references you used in your research papers, theses, articles, etc.
Don't know which citation style to use?
- Use APA for papers in psychology, education, and the other social sciences.
- Use MLA for papers in literature, arts, and humanities.
- Use Chicago for books, magazines, newspapers, etc.
Turabian is designed for college students to use with all subjects.
- AMA (Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library Guide) : medicine, health, and biological sciences.
- ASA : sociology.
- APSA : political science, international studies.
- IEEE: engineering.
- (here is a Complete Discipline Listing, from OWL)
What is a citation?
A citation is the information needed to locate the article (or book).
For articles, a complete citation generally includes:
- The author's name
- The title of the article
- The name of the magazine or journal in which it is located
- The volume number of the magazine or journal (and sometimes the issue number)
- The page numbers on which the article is located
- The date when the article was published
For books, a complete citation generally includes:
- The author's name
- The title of the book
- The publication date
- The city in which the book was published
- The book's publisher
Citations are also used to help readers of your papers find the information you used.