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Why Citation Styles?

Citation styles provide consistency in the documentation of references and in-text citations.

Once you get the hang of a style it is easier to write your references and read article references since the elements of the citation are written consistently.

Each discipline and many individual journals have their own styles, meaning that there are hundreds of styles.

The most commonly used styles are the ones developed for disciplines:

Humanities -- MLA (Modern Language Association)
History -- Chicago (University of Chicago Press)
Sciences  and Social Sciences -- APA (American Psychological Association)

Guides Covering Multiple Sources

ACS style guide (American Chemical Society)

AMA Manual of Style (American Medical Association)

Subject Guide

Rebecca Knight
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H
(302) 831-1730

Delaware, U.S. Government Information, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.

B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.


RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool. Capabilities include:

  • export references from databases
  • organize references
  • store articles and pictures
  • add personal notes about the references
  • in combination with Microsoft Word, it can insert properly formatted in-text citations (or footnotes) and references lists (or bibliographies or works cited lists)
  • format citations and references lists in hundreds of citation styles

RefWorks and Write-N-Cite Guides From RefWorks

The Write-N-Cite tool needs to be downloaded; unlike RefWorks which is web-based, WNC is located on your computer

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