You'll consult books, articles, and other sources of information when you research a topic. Citations in your papers and presentations give credit to the original authors of those sources and show where you found the information. The main goal of a citation is to include all the information another person would need to find the source again, including the author, title, date, and a location such as a URL or DOI (digital object identifier). There are several common citation styles that outline exactly how you should order and format this information.
This research guide includes resources for using the most common citation styles correctly. It will also connect you with citation management tools that can help keep your sources organized (and make your research life easier!). If you need any assistance with citations, use the Help features in this guide to contact a librarian. The UVU Writing Center is also a fantastic resource for citations help!
APA is the citation style commonly used for research in the social and behavioral sciences, business, education, and the sciences.
MLA is the citation style commonly used for research in the humanities, including many English classes.
Chicago is the preferred citation style for history, anthropology, and art research.
ASA is the citation style commonly used for research in sociology.