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Research Handbook: What is a Style Guide

Creators working in the same field generally all use the same style guide when formatting and 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 the resource, and less on figuring out what the creator really meant.

The three most commonly used style guides at SUNY Schenectady are APA, Chicago, and MLA. If you are unsure which to follow, check your syllabus, your assignment, or ask your instructor.

If at any point you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact one of our librarians.

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