Answered By: Rebecca Sedam
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2016     Views: 32

Since instructors typically require the use of a specific citation style, you will have to check your syllabus or ask your instructor for his or her preference.  If your instructor leaves the decision up to you, you should make consistency your goal.  Avoid switching between different styles in the same assignment!

The most common styles  found in Oakton Library databases are MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association).  CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) is another frequently used citation style.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) has a Citation Style Chart that allows you to compare the three styles noted above.  APA is most often used for social sciences.  MLA is usually used for humanities, arts, and literature.  CMS is usually used in social sciences and humanities.  Remember: Asking the person who grades the assignment should be your first step!

For more information, please see the Oakton Library's Cite It Right guide.

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