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Citations: Home

Learn what a citation is, how to read a citation and how to create APA, ASA, MLA, and Chicago style citations.


Welcome to the library guide for citing sources. In this guide, you will find:

  • General Information: learn how to read citations, find definitions to terms commonly used when discussing citations, and see a list of general citation guidebooks available at Memorial Library.
  • APA Style: information specific to APA style citations, plus tips for APA formatting using Microsoft Word.
  • ASA Style: information specific to ASA style citations
  • Chicago/Turabian Style: information specific to Chicago style citations, plus a video tutorial for creating footnotes in Microsoft Word.
  • MLA Style: information specific to MLA style citations, plus tips for MLA formatting in Microsoft Word.
  • Citation Management: information about using RefWorks to track and cite your research.

Example of a bibliography page.

By Mister.mansour (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Should I Cite My Sources?

Citing the sources used for your research gives credit where credit is due and helps you comply with the Academic Honesty Policy at MSU.

The following video from NCSU Libraries describes what citations are and why we use them.

Video courtesy NC State University Libraries. This video is published under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA US license.

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