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Citation Styles: Quick Online Access

Citation guides, or style manuals, are used to cite sources and format papers for specific courses and disciplines. The most common citation guides are as follows:

1. Common Citation Styles:

  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • APA (American Psychological Association)
  • Chicago (or Turabian)
  • CSE (Council of Science Editors)
  • AMA (American Medical Association)

2. Citation Resources:

Click on over to our How-To Guides page for handouts and other resources related to the most common citations styles.

3. Disciplines and Citation Styles:

The Writing Center at CU Denver maintains a small library with numerous discipline-specific citation guides. These guides provide the most up to date and comprehensive information on citing sources.

Biology: CSE: Council of Science Editors.

Chemistry: ACS: American Chemical Society

Earth Sciences: Geowriting: A Guide to Writing, Editing, and Printing in Earth Science

English: MLA: Modern Language Association

Engineering: IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Foreign Languages: MLA: Modern Language Association

History: Chicago (formerly Turabian)

Humanities: MLA: Modern Language Association

Journalism: The Associated Press Stylebook, or The Authoritative Handbook for Writers, Editors, and News Directors

Law and Legal Studies: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

Linguistics: LSA: Linguistic Society of America Handbook

Math: A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers

Medicine: AMA: American Medical Association Manual of Style

Physics: Style Manual for Guidelines in the Preparation of Papers

Psychology: APA: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Political Science: The Style Manual for Political Science

Social Sciences: APA: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Sociology: ASA: American Sociological Association Style Guide