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Citation Guides and Style Manuals

Citing sources and avoiding plagiarism in your writing


This guide contains a small selection of the style manuals and writing guides available in Western Kentucky University's Libraries and on the Internet. Bear in mind that your professor will likely require a specific citation style for your documentation, such as the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian styles, among others.


Use our two-page Reference List Styles quick guide to reference list styles for the author-date system. This handout, created by WKU Libraries, is based on the most recent editions of the Chicago Manual of Style, the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, and the MLA Style Manual.

You might also want to try our E-book version of the Chicago Manual of Style.


Style Manuals Available in the Library