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Faculty Support: Citing Sources


Citation Styles - FAQs

1. What Citation style do I use?

That is a departmental decision. Some departments may even use more than one style.


2. Who is in charge of teaching students proper APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, NLM, etc. styles.

You are. While the library supports the faculty in this task, these styles are created by your professional organizations and so you are the experts within your own area.


3. How will the library support me in this task?

The library maintains Research Guides for APA, MLA, Chicago / Turabian, and National Library of Medicine.

Additionally the library will acquire up to three physical copies of your most current style guide for check out to students and post links to supportive online resources where available.


4. Is there any software available to help?

  • Most of the library's databases will generate citations in a variety of styles.
  • Microsoft Word creates citations, bibliographies and footnotes in a variety of styles.
  • There are several free online citation generators available, as well as those with individual subscriptions.
  • Many professors and grad students use Zotero, a free open source program.

Brian Croxall, "Zotero vs. EndNote," The Chronicle of Higher Education, ProfHacker, (May 2011), (accessed July 13, 2012);


CAUTION: Almost all computer generated citations are incorrect. While creating a citation by computer can save you time, it is prudent to review and correct the result.

Citing Sources Research Guide