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Rhetoric & Writing Studies

Style Manuals and Citation Formats

Guide to preparing research papers in a particular field of study, especially how to cite the books, journal articles, etc. that you used. It is important that you give complete information about the source in question so that the reader of your paper can find it. Instructors will generally tell you which citation style to use in your research paper.

Citation Guides

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [ BF 76.7 P83 2010 Reference Desk ]

6th ed.

Known as the "APA Manual," this is used most frequently  in the social sciences. The manual describes all elements of a research paper, and discusses the conventions of manuscript preparation, including punctuation, quoting sources, tables and statistical material, and the reference list.  There is an APA website with tutorials and additional guidelines.  More information is available at "How to Cite Your Sources - APA".

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