An important part of any research paper is showing where you get the information from. Unless the information in the paper is based on your original research, you must be able to provide citations to where you originally found the information. There are web guides to the most common citation style guides used. The two most common styles are the APA and the MLA style guide.
Citation style for research papers
A quick guide to APA, Turabian, MLA, Chicago, and AMA citation styles.
Concordia University Libraries
This guide provides a basic introduction to the MLA citation style based on the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers published by the Modern Language Association in 2009. The MLA Handbook is generally used for academic writing in the humanities.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab
This site hosts a guide to the APA (American Psychological Association) style guide which is the most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.
Software can help you manage this process and help you format your citations. While there are many different packages available, three commonly used programs are Endnote
, and Zotero