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Cite your Sources: Citation Styles

Resources to help with your citations, including NoodleBib

Why citation styles?

Citation styles are determined by discipline, like the Humanities or Sciences. Typically, disciplines fall under three main citation styles:

  • MLA (Modern Language Association): Humanities (English, Literature, Languages)
  • APA (American Psychological Association): Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Geography)
  • Chicago: multiple disciplines (History, Anthropology)

Citation styles exist because each discipline focuses on certain elements of a source. The Humanities focuses on authors, the Social Sciences focus on currency and neutrality, while History focuses on source origin. This is reflected in the way sources are cited in each style. 

Be sure to ASK your professor which citation style they want you to use.

 

Language Center

The Language Center is available for all Vol State students seeking help with 
  • Thesis, focus, and development of ideas in writing
  • Organization and unity in writing
  • Style and diction in writing
  • Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Proofreading techniques
  • MLA, APA, or Chicago documentation style

 Information including hours and location is available at www.volstate.edu/LanguageCenter/

Annotated Bibliography

According to Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) an "annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources." OWL's Annotated Bibliographies section offers more information on this special type of works cited/ bibliography including examples.

MLA Style

Online Resources

Library Resources

MLA Handbook. 8th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2016.

Call number: LB2369 .G53 2009

Available in Thigpen Library Reference section and the libraries at Livingston and Highland Crest.

APA Style

Online Resources

Library Resources

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
  • Available in Thigpen Library Reference section and the libraries at Livingston and Highland Crest.

Chicago Style

Online Resources

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Library Resources

  • The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Call number: PN147 .C352 2010
  • Available in Thigpen Library Reference section and Highland Crest library.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and ResearchersChicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Call number: LB2369 .T8 2007
  • Available in Thigpen Library Reference section.