Giving Credit to Sources

Style Guides

Style guides help us produce clear, consistent documentation. The rules for citing your sources depend on which style guide you use. A style guide is a set of rules for formatting and presenting information in written work. Scholars generally adhere to guides related to their discipline. Although there are many style guides, the three used most often for university research papers are:

Because of its prevalence, APA style is recommended most often. This Guide to Writing and Research is documented using APA style, and you should use APA unless your teacher specifies otherwise. However, you will find in the workplace that these various style guides get modified to meet the needs of particular organizations.