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It depends! There are different styles depending on the discipline of study. Always ask your professor which one to use. Also, take a look at our Citing Sources Guide.

For medicine there is the AMA Manual of Style Print copy at REF DESK WZ 345 .A511 2007 (10th Edition).

For psychology, there is APA style adapted by Univ. of Southern Mississippi. See print copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association at REF DESK BF 76.7 .P83 2010 (6th Edition).

For sociology, there is the American Sociological Association. Also see the Sociology Subject Guide with tips by I. Barnello.

Historians use the Chicago Manual of Style Print copy at REF DESK Z 253 .U69 2010 (16th editon), also see the Handbook for Historians.

The humanities tend to use the Modern Language Association style. See MLA style adapted by Lone Star College. Print copy of MLA Handbook at REF DESK LB 2369 .G53 2009 (7th edition).

Get help from Reference Services on how to use RefWorks, the citation management software, or click here to view the flash tutorial (click on "tutorial basics" at top of next screen). It formats your citations for you in all the above mentioned styles and many more right into your research paper Word file or into a separate Word file.