How Do you Cite Sources?
There are two elements to every citation:
Note: These are just two examples. Always check a current citation guide for the style your instructor requires for proper formatting.
1. In-Text citation (APA) or Footnote/Endnote (Chicago)
This is where you identify, in summary, the source of your quote or the material you are using in your paper.
Chicago note style:
2. Works Cited Page or Footnote/Endnote (Chicago)
This is where you list, in alphabetical order, the complete citations for all the sources you noted in your in-text citations, for styles like APA.
Or, for the Chicago notes style, this is how you format the full citation in the note.
How Do You Choose a Style?
Ask your instructor which style they want you to use. If they have no preference, you can use the one intended for your discipline.
- APA: psychology, education, and other social sciences
- MLA: literature, arts, and humanities
- AMA: medicine, health, and biological sciences
- Turabian: used mainly by thesis and dissertation writers in all subjects
- Chicago: used with many subjects; music, usually history and some humanities