There are three major citations styles: MLA (Modern Language Association), used in literature, the arts, and humanities; APA (American Psychological Association), used in education, nursing, psychology, and the sciences; and the Chicago Manual of Style, used in history. Each citation style has its own unique formatting, organization, and required pieces of information.
Below is a list of online and print guides for the three major citation styles. Print guides are available at each ESC Campus Library. The online guides are courtesy of Bedford/St. Martin's Publishers.
MLA Citation Guide
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., call number LB2369 .G53 2009
APA Citation Guide
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., call number REF BF76.7 .P83 2010
Chicago Manual of Style Guide
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., call number Z253 .U69 2003
NOTE: Most of ESC Libraries’ databases feature citation generators: tools that create citations in the major citation styles. Simply look for a cite link in the database of your choice. In addition, several free citation generators are available on the Internet. However, some are more reliable than others. Always review the accuracy of generated citations, whether you retrieved them from a database or from the free Web. ESC Librarians recommend the following free citation generators: