The Everyday Writer

Documenting Sources
MLA Documentation
APA Documentation
CSE Documentation
Chicago Documentation

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This section of the site provides information on documenting sources. If you are unfamiliar with the general guidelines for the documentation style you are using, unsure of how to cite a source within the text of your essay, or just need to know how to set up a list of the works you have cited, you will find the detailed instructions and examples that you need to complete your projects.

We've included four common documentation styles here:
  • formats prescribed by the Modern Language Association (MLA style)
  • formats prescribed by the American Psychological Association (APA style)
  • formats prescribed by the Council of Science Editors (CSE style)
  • formats prescribed in The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago style)

MLA style is commonly used for writing in the humanities (especially in the literature and languages disciplines); APA style is widely used in the social sciences; CSE style is often used by writers in the sciences and mathematics; and Chicago style has long been used in history, as well as in other areas of the arts and humanities.

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