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What is a style guide?
Authors working in the same field all use the same style guide when publishing their work. The style guide tells them how to write, how to format their pages, how to cite their sources, and more. Use of a consistent style allows readers to focus more on the content of article, and less on figuring out what the author really meant, or tracking down their sources.
APA Style Manual
APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.
The librarian says...
Make citations easy! When you start your research:
- Open a new Word document.
- Copy (from the database) and paste (into the Word document) the citation for each article you think you'll use.
- When you're done researching, you're also done with your reference page!