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Documenting Sources in the Disciplines: Overview

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Each discipline uses its own citation style; therefore, when it comes time to document sources for a paper, you will have to make sure that you choose and follow the appropriate guidelines for the discipline you are writing in. This handout will help you find resources for citing sources and formatting your paper in various disciplines. If you are looking for how to document electronic sources in MLA, please click here.

The best source for information about citing sources and formatting papers in any discipline is their style manual. Many disciplines now also have supplementary websites to accompany their style manuals, which will include the latest updates for citation formats, particularly for documenting electronic sources. Click through for a list (with MLA formatted citations) of some style manuals for various disciplines and their accompanying websites (if available). The list also includes links to material that explains how to use these citation styles in more detail, including material available on our OWL.

Most of these style manual listings were taken from the MLA style manual. Wikipedia also maintains a list of citation styles. If you know of other official style manuals and related websites for your discipline or for a discipline not listed here, please send us an email with the information and we will add it to the page.