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Citing Sources: Get Started

What's in This Guide?

Plagiarism: What it is, and why you should care.

MLA Style: Paper format; examples of MLA citations.

APA Style: Paper format; examples of APA citations.

Reference Management Tools: Use online tools to create citations and bibliographies. NEVER TYPE OUT A BIBLIOGRAPHY AGAIN.

Academic Integrity at the University of Akron

"The University of Akron community regards academic misconduct as a serious matter.  It is your responsibility to know what constitutes academic misconduct."

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Different disciplines use different styles. Below is a general guideline.  However, you should ALWAYS check with your instructor about what style she or he requires for your papers. Typically, there will be a note about it in the syllabus or the assignment instructions.

MLA: Arts & Humanities (e.g., Literature and English Composition classes)

APA: Social Sciences (e.g., Communication and Sociology)

Chicago: Social  Sciences (e.g., Anthropology and History)

There are also a number of other styles for very specific disciplines: ACS (Chemistry), IEEE (Engineering), AP (Journalism), Medicine (AMA), and more...