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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016 URL: http://resources.library.lemoyne.edu/citing-sources Print Guide Email Alerts

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Why cite?

Consulting the ideas of others is at the heart of learning and scholarship. Citing them is a critical part of academic honesty.  Regardless of the format and type of work, be it cartoons, artwork, prose, poetry, photography, statistical data, or Web site, give attribution to the creator/author and cite the source.

Learn how to Avoid Plagiarism.


Citation Tools: Caution

While MS Word, certain databases and other on-line resources such as Refworks offer automatic MLA/APA formatting tools for citations, these systems are not always accurate or complete.

It is important to double check the accuracy of your results.


Citation Styles

There are many ways to cite sources.  Citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved, as you can see below.

Instructor requirements differ. Carefully follow your instructor's directions and remember to be consistent.


Resources for Various Citation Styles


NOTE: The 8th edtion of the MLA  Handbook has been released.  Here is a guide to the changes.  Be sure to ask your professor which edition of the handbook you should be using when you write your papers.

Generally used in literature, the arts and humanities

Book located in Falcone Library: MLA Style Manual and Guide for Writers of Research Papers

Cite Source, Trinity College Library

MLA Guide, Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation

MLA citation formatting, Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)



Generally used in psychology, edu. and the social sciences

Book  located in Falcone Library: APA Style: Manual of the American Psychological Association

Guide to APA citations (6-page pdf file), Dalhousie University Libraries, 2010.

Learning APA Style, by the APA (includes video tutorials)

APA Formatting, Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)


Generally used in history, business and some of the fine arts

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Style, Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)


Handbook for Historians, Le Moyne College


Citing in the Sciences, Le Moyne College

CSE (Council of Science Editors) Citation Guide, Juniata College


Generally used in Sociology

Full guide: Book (new 5th edition, 2014) located at services desk of Falcone Library: ASA Style: American Sociological Association's Style Guide

ASA Quick Guide (pdf file)

ASA/ Sociology References Page Formatting, Purdue OWL 


Used in medicine

American Medical Association's Style Guide

AMA Reference Citation Format, New York Medical College


Used in law

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Ref desk KF 245 .B58 2015)


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