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APA / MLA / CSE Citation Assistance

This guide will provide you with the basics of MLA, APA, and CSE citations including sample papers, how to set up your research paper in Microsoft Word, and how to cite in-text sources.


The MLA 8th Edition Handbook replaced the MLA 7th Edition Handbook in April 2016. However, your professor may still require use of MLA 7th Edition.

Check with your professor to verify which edition of MLA you need to use.

MLA 8th Edition resources

MLA 7th Edition resouces 

What's the difference?


This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.

There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the MLA , APA  or CSE tab above for the style you need and take a look at some examples. The information covered in this guide reflects the following editions:

MLA 7th ed. (2009) 

APA 6th ed. (2010) 

CSE 7th ed. (2014) 

Research Papers

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.


There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
  • APA style is often used by Education and Psychology
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History, Business, and some of the Fine Arts

Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!


RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and citation manager. It allows you to import references from text files or online databases, create and automatically format your bibliographies in any available style (e.g., MLA and APA) and export them to another document.

You will need to create an account the first time you use RefWorks. Accounts can also be created to share with others for group projects. For more information on using RefWorks refer to these resources:

Introduction to RefWorks 

RefWorks Quick Start Guide