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Citation Guide

This guide presents information and resources on APA, MLA, and Chicago styles as well as guidance on citation management programs.

Welcome to the FSU Libraries Citation Guide! In this guide you will find resources for MLA, APA and Chicago styles of citation. In addition, resources and tutorials for various citation management programs such as Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote Basic are available in this guide. 

Citation & Scholarship

Why Cite?
  • To ethically engage in the research conversation relevant to your topic by giving credit to the authors whose works you have quoted, paraphrased, summarized, and/or interpreted
  • To help readers locate the sources you used in your work -- this helps build your credibility!
  • To provide reputable evidence, research methodologies, and/or information for your research, paper, or assignment.
  • To avoid pesky plagiarism.
Avoiding Plagiarism

Correctly citing work is the means by which researchers and writers can avoid plagiarizing the work of others. If you have more questions about plagiarism, please visit our Plagiarism Research Guide

Citation Styles & Citation Management Programs

There are thousands of citation styles to choose from -- so how should you know which to select? Oftentimes, your instructor will assign one for you; other times, you may have the option to pick one for yourself based on the citation conventions in your field of study. Here are three of the most widely used citation styles:

For more information on these citation styles, please select the corresponding links located in the left-hand column. For more information on other citation styles, select the link for Citation Styles by Disciplines.

To help you keep track of the sources you cite and create citations in the above mentioned styles as well as many others, you can use a citation management program, like one of the following!

For more information on these programs and how to get started using them, please see the Citation Management Programs page of this guide.

Florida State Universities’ access to the state-wide RefWorks subscription ended on December 31, 2020. As of this writing (January 2021), users are able to access their RefWorks accounts to transfer information out, however we do not know how long this functionality will be available for since FSU Libraries no longer supports this platform. We encourage you to migrate your resources to another citation manager such as those covered in this guide.

The decision to cancel the RefWorks subscription was based on tightening budgets and the availability of high quality, free or low cost alternatives. Instructions on transferring data from RefWorks to Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote are available. Click here for the RefWorks Transition page.

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