The standard practice in academe is to credit other people when using their work. This applies to all work including that done, transmitted or stored digitally. Crediting sources is good communication and is done in a standardized form called a citation style. There are many styles from which to choose. Common ones are listed below. Be clear on which style your instructor wants you to use. If in doubt, ask! Using the appropriate style has many benefits and says that you are a responsible member of the academic community.
- General Guides
These guides are all-purpose. Use them when no specific style is required or recommended.
- Electronic Sources
Use these when citing electronic sources if no other style is recommended.
- Health Sciences
Taubman Library prepared this list of style guides. Also links to an extensive compilation of instructions to authors issued by individual biomedical journals.
- Humanities and Social Sciences
Prepared at the Graduate Library, this list of sources includes links to online compilations and some full text guides such as APA and MLA.
- Sciences and Engineering
This source page prepared at the Science Library covers the basic sciences and natural resources. See also General Guides, Electronic Sources, and instructions to authors in specific journals.