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Citation Styles

Citation styles provide a common structure for academic work, allowing writers to properly credit the sources they've used and assisting readers in locating sources. The RCC style guides below include common examples for both in-text citations and full references. For additional information, Excelsior College’s Online Writing Lab has helpful pages for MLA, APA, and Chicago.

Please come into the library or contact a librarian if you need any help with citations. 

MLA Style

Style Guide

Word template for an MLA paper

APA Style

Style Guide

Word template for an APA student paper

Citation Generators

Bibcitation is a free, open source tool. Most databases also have built-in citation generators. Please keep in mind that automatically generated citations aren’t entirely reliable, and will get things like italics and capitalization wrong. Check your citations against the style guides above, and please contact a librarian if you need any assistance.