If you already know which system to use, follow one of the links above to see sample citations for a variety of common sources. If you are unsure about which system to use, read on.
Some style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Styleare quite flexible and cover both parenthetical and note citation systems.
These may be referred to as citation formats as well as citation styles. A number of organizations have created styles to fit their needs; consequently, a number of different guides exist.
Individual publishers often have their own in-house variations as well, and some works are so long-established as to have their own citation methods too: Stephanus pagination for Plato ; Bekker numbers for Aristotle ; citing the Bible by book, chapter and verse; or Shakespeare notation by play.
It is most widely used in history and economics as well as some social sciences. The closely related Turabian style—which derives from it—is for student references, and is distinguished from the CMOS by omission of quotation marks in reference lists, and mandatory access date citation.
The Columbia Style was created by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor to give detailed guidelines for citing internet sources. Columbia Style offers models for both the humanities and the sciences.
Includes sources in electronic format. Used by genealogists and historians. Parenthetical referencing is recommended by both the British Standards Institution and the Modern Language Association. Harvard referencing involves a short author-date reference, e. MLA style was developed by the Modern Language Association and is most often used in the arts and the humanitiesparticularly in English studiesother literary studiesincluding comparative literature and literary criticism in languages other than English " foreign languages "and some interdisciplinary studies, such as cultural studiesdrama and theatrefilmand other mediaincluding television.
This style of citations and bibliographical format uses parenthetical referencing with author-page Smith or author-[short] title-page Smith, Contingencies 42 in the case of more than one work by the same author within parentheses in the text, keyed to an alphabetical list of sources on a "Works Cited" page at the end of the paper, as well as notes footnotes or endnotes.
It is available for sale both in the UK and in the United States. It is similar to MLA stylebut has some differences. For example, MHRA style uses footnotes that reference a citation fully while also providing a bibliography. Some readers find it advantageous that the footnotes provide full citations, instead of shortened references, so that they do not need to consult the bibliography while reading for the rest of the publication details.
In these areas, the term "footnote" is actually used as a synonym for "reference", and care must be taken by editors and typesetters to ensure that they understand how the term is being used by their authors.
Legal citation The Bluebook is a citation system traditionally used in American academic legal writing, and the Bluebook or similar systems derived from it are used by many courts.
Inline citations allow readers to quickly determine the strength of a source based on, for example, the court a case was decided in and the year it was decided.
Sciences, mathematics, engineering, physiology, and medicine[ edit ] The American Chemical Society style, or ACS styleis often used in Chemistry and some of the physical sciences. In ACS style references are numbered in the text and in the reference list, and numbers are repeated throughout the text as needed.
In the style of the American Institute of Physics AIP stylereferences are also numbered in the text and in the reference list, with numbers repeated throughout the text as needed. Brackets with author's initials and year are inserted in the text and at the beginning of the reference.
Typical citations are listed in-line with alphabetic-label format, e.
This type of style is also called an "Authorship trigraph. In one major variant, that used by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASMEcitation numbers are included in the text in square brackets rather than as superscripts.
All bibliographical information is exclusively included in the list of references at the end of the document, next to the respective citation number.Chicago/Turabian Basics: Notes Why we include in-text citations and notes Researchers include brief citations in their writing to acknowledge references to other people’s work.
Generally, Chicago uses either footnotes or endnotes (or both) to give credit in text. The Chicago Manual of Style, currently in its 16th edition, was created to help researchers properly cite their sources. There are two types of referencing styles in Chicago: 1). Notes and Bibliography and 2).
The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is designed for the general sciences including biology. These examples are based on the Name-Year style of the scientific style and format guide, 7th edition. For more examples, see 1 5.
40 – 45 in The Chicago Manual of Style.. Chapter or other part of an edited book. In the reference list, include the page range for the chapter or part. In the text, cite specific pages. Referencing a website in Chicago or Turabian format.
In Chicago format, website citations are often left out of the bibliography and are instead mentioned in a note or within the text. Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
Now supports 7th edition of MLA.