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Citation Guides

Your go-to resource for all of the citing sources, style use, avoiding plagiarism, and writing support at Benedictine University.

Why Cite Sources?

  • To show readers that you’ve done proper research
  • To be a responsible scholar and avoid plagiarism by giving others credit for their ideas
  • To allow readers to track down and further explore the sources you used

Which Style Should I Use?

The citation style to use is determined by your professor, or if you are submitting a manuscript, by the journal or publisher. However, each discipline tends to use one or two styles.

  • APA – Nursing, business, and social sciences, including psychology, education, sociology, and economics.
  • MLA – Many humanities disciplines, including languages and literature.
  • CSE – Many disciplines in the natural sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
  • Chicago / Turabian – History and the arts.
  • AMA – Medicine, health, and the sciences.
  • APSA-Political Science

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a violation of Benedictine University’s Academic Honesty Policy and may result in sanctions that could have profound long-term effects. Whether done intentionally or unintentionally, plagiarism carries serious consequences. There are steps you can take to avoid plagiarizing unintentionally.

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Citation Guides

Explore the various citation guide styles to help you in your academic writing pursuits.

APA Style
MLA Style
CSE Style
Chicago / Turabian Style
AMA Style
ACS Style
APSA Style
Citation Managers (Free Citation Management Software)
Research Help