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The following guides are commonly used in University courses and publishing situations.  Consult these guides for information on formatting a text, citation style, standardized abbreviations and other issues related to the presentation of written work. 

One copy of each of these guides is available in the Ready Reference collection near the Information Commons Help Desk.  Additional copies of a number of these are held on reserve for limited circulation at the library's Circulation Desk. 

MLA (Modern Languages Association)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, by Joseph Gibaldi 
REF   LB 2369 .G53 2009

APA (American Psychological Association)
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition
REF   BF 76.7 .P83 2010

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
REF Z 253 U69 2010
Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. online! 

ASA (American Sociological Association)
American Sociological Association Style Guide, 3rd edition
REF HM 586 A54 2007

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition, by Kate L. Turabian
REF LB 2369 T8 2007

Government Documents
Citing Government Information Resources, Third Edition
REF J 9.5 G37 2002

Also visit a list of links to other citation style guidelines available on the internet.

If you have questions about these guides or questions related to the citation and the appropriate use of sources, please visit the library's Help Desk in the Information Commons.