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Starting Points

This online resource is a great starting point for how to cite sources in the most commonly used styles.

Always consult with your professor to determine which style you should use for any paper or project.  For citation help, ask for assistance at the library reference desk or the Meredith College Learning Center.

Chicago Style

Chicago Style refers to two different citation styles.  Please ask your instructor which version to use.  Note that "Turabian Style" is very similar to Chicago Style, with a few minor differences.

The Humanities version (often used in Art, History, and Religion) involves footnotes and a bibliography.

The Author-Date version (often preferred in the social sciences) involves in-text citations and a reference list.

Additional Resources


Avoiding Plagiarism

The term plagiarism means presenting other people's words or ideas in your work as though they were your own ideas.

Read this quick tutorial on how to use other people's words and ideas in your work without plagiarizing.

MLA Style

MLA Style involves parenthetical citations within the paper, plus a list of works cited at the end of the paper.

APA Style

APA Style involves parenthetical citations within the paper, plus a reference list at the end of the paper.


Other Citation Styles

ACS (American Chemical Society)

AMA (American Medical Association) or NLM (National LIbrary of Medicine)

CSE (Council of Science Editors)


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EndNote: Online Citation Management Tool

EndNote is a web-based tool that allows you to store and manage your research sources, and helps you create citations in the style of your choosing (MLA, APA, etc.).

EndNote accounts are free for Meredith College students, faculty and staff.  

For more information:


Citation Creators

Many research databases such as EBSCO and ProQuest offer "cite this item" features, which generate citations in the most popular styles (MLA, APA, etc.) for any source that you find. You can then copy-paste these directly into your papers.

WARNING: Be sure to double-check these citations against the rules for proper style, since they are NOT always accurate.

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