Style guides are developed by publishers to provide guidelines for the presentation of research. These rules or procedures encourage ease of reading, accuracy, and respect in scholarly communication. Colleges and universities often require students to follow one of the recognized style guides when submitting written work for classes. Faculty use the guides for overall formatting of papers and for consistency in how works are cited both in-text and in the reference list. An added benefit is that using style guides prepares students for future publication.
See the Citation Resources Guide for more information on APA, MLA, AMA, and Chicago. Below are links to two frequently used citation guide brochures to help students quickly format references and view alternative ways to include in-text citations.
MLA Guide (7th edition)
Note: It is better to provide a link to one of the citation guides than to upload the PDF. This way, changes or updates to the guide will be automatic.