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Information Literacy Research Skill Building: Citation Style Guides

This guide contains information literacy instructional materials based on the ACRL Information Literacy Standards.

Citation Style Guides

These quick reference guides are designed to provide easy access to common formatting and stylistic requirements for each citation style. We are in the process of creating guides for each of the major citation styles. If we do not currently have a citation guide for a style you are working with, or you suspect that there may be an error please let us know.


MLA (Modern Language Association)

  • Frequently used in the Humanities


APA (American Psychological Association)

  • Frequently used in the Social Sciences


CSE (Council of Science Editors, formerly CBE)

  • Frequently used in the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics)


NLM (National Library of Medicine)

  • Frequently used in Medical disciplines


SSSA (Soil Science Society of America)

  • Frequently used in Soil Science, Agronomy, and Crop Science


Chicago Manual of Style

  • The Chicago Manual of Style has two methods of documentation, the humanities style (notes and bibliography) and the author-date style.

Citation Style Guides

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These quick reference guides are designed to provide easy access to common formatting and stylistic requirements for each citation style. We are in the process of creating guides for each of the major citation styles. If we do not currently have a citation guide for a style you are working with, or you suspect that there may be an error please let us know.

Citation Style Guides

These quick reference guides are designed to provide easy access to common formatting and stylistic requirements for each citation style. We are in the process of creating guides for each of the major citation styles. If we do not currently have a citation guide for a style you are working with, or you suspect that there may be an error please let us know.


MLA (Modern Language Association)

  • Frequently used in the Humanities


APA (American Psychological Association)

  • Frequently used in the Social Sciences


CSE (Council of Science Editors formerly CBE)

  • Frequently used in the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics)


NLM (National Library of Medicine)

  • Frequently used in Medical disciplines


SSSA (Soil Science Society of America)

  • Frequently used in Soil Science, Agronomy, and Crop Science


Chicago Manual of Style

  • The Chicago Manual of Style has two methods of documentation, the humanities style (notes and bibliography) and the author-date style.
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