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Citation: Citation Guides & Manuals

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Citation and proper attribution of sources rest at the core of academic research. Musselman Library provides guides to the major citation styles, which are available in print at the Reference Desk and through several online guides.

Interested in managing citations online?

There are also several resources available online, such as RefWorks and Zotero, through which you gather, manage, cite, and share all of your citations from one place. Please see our guide to RefWorks and Zotero in the tabs above. You can choose which works best for you.


APA Style Blog

From the APA itself, the APA Style Blog is helpful with citations not well covered in the manual like citing a PowerPoint slide or a YouTube video.


Online Citation Guides

Online Citation Generators

NoodleTools Express

Need to create a citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian? NoodleTools Express allows you to generate a citation using a quick and easy form. Just choose the citation style, what you’re citing (books, journal article, website, etc.), and fill in the citation information. You can’t compile your citations into a source list, but you can copy and paste them directly into your document.


Create citations in a variety of styles (including APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA, ASA, CSE, etc.). Using the free version, choose your citation style, select what you're citing, fill in the information, and EasyBib will generate the proper citation for you.

NCSU's Citation Builder

Choose from four styles to generate the citation you need in this easy to use citation builder: APA 6th edition, MLA 7th edition, CMS 16th edition (author-date), and CSE  Name-Year (author-date). 


Official APA (American Psychological Association) website
Purdue University site on APA-style citations


American Political Science Association Style Manual


American Sociological Association, Quick Tips for ASA Style (PDF)

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Chicago Manual of Style Online (subscription access through Gettysburg College)

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Purdue University site on MLA-style citations

Turabian (Adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style)

Cal Poly Library's Turabian examples
Official Turabian guide from the U. of Chicago Press
Goshen College Library's Turabian style guide

Harvard Style

How to Acknowledge What You've Read--Harvard Style


American Anthropological Association Style Guide


American Sociological Association Quick Style Guide

Political Science

American Political Science Association documentation

Special Collections & College Archives

Citing Special Collections Materials at Gettysburg College (PDF)

Legal Citations

Cornell Law Legal Citation Guide

Government Documents

Uncle Sam: Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

Citation Manuals

We have the following citation manuals available at the Reference Desk.


Concise Rules of APA Style (Ref Desk BF76.7 .C66 2010)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Ref Desk BF76.7 .P83 2010)


Style Manual for Political Science (Ref Desk JA86 .A52 2001)


American Sociological Association Style Guide (3rd ed.) (Ref Desk HM569 .A54 2007)


The Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) (Ref Desk Z253 .U69 2010)


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) (Ref Desk LB2369 .G53 2009)


A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (7th ed.)

(Ref Desk LB2369 .T8 2007)

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