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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.

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Scholarly Literature Types

  • Is the article from a peer reviewed journal?
  • What is an empirical study?

The Cornell University Library guide explains the different categories of scholarly literature:

        Types of Scholarly Literature

Online Citation Guides

Online Citation Generators


Create citations in MLA. 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). 

Online Citation Style Guides


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)

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Legal citations)

Bluebook Guide by Georgetown Law Library

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Chicago Manual of Style Online (Official manual. Subscription access through Gettysburg College)

Chicago Manual of Style (Purdue OWL)

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Purdue University OWL on MLA-style citations

Turabian (Adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style)

Official Turabian guide from the U. of Chicago Press

Harvard Style

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


American Anthropological Association Style Guide


Vancouver style via the U.S. National Library of Medicine

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 (Research Help Desk BF76.7 .C66 2010)

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


APSA Style Manual for Political Science Online

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


American Sociological Association Style Guide (5th ed.) (Research Help Desk HM569 .A54 2014)


The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.) (Research Help Desk KF245 .U5 2015)


The Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) (Research Help Desk Z253 .U69 2017)


MLA Handbook (8th ed.) (Research Help Desk LB2369 .G53 2016)


A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (8th ed.)

(Research Help Desk LB2369 .T8 2013)

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