Style Guides and Documentation

All WRC tutors are experienced with specific citation styles and documentation practices. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about plagiarism, or help you practice citing sources so you can be more confident when writing. If you’re unsure which citation style to use for an academic paper, ask your instructor for guidance.

We’ve compiled a list of online style guides for each of the four most common documentation styles: APA, CMS/Turabian, IEEE, and MLA. That way, you can easily access everything you need to cite your sources—all in one place.

Click on one of the following links or scroll down to see each style guide:

APAAmerican Psychological Association

If you’re doing research in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, or justice administration, you may be asked to use APA as your citation style. Many other academic fields also use APA. If you’re unsure which documentation style to use for an assignment, ask your instructor for clarification.

Note: The WRC also has copies of the complete APA Manual for students to use during regular operating hours.

Online Style Guides

Sample Papers

Handouts

CMS/TurabianChicago Manual of Style/Turabian Style

If you’re doing research in the humanities or social sciences, you might be asked to use CMS/Turabian as your citation style. Some other academic fields also use CMS/Turabian. If you’re unsure which documentation style to use for an assignment, ask your instructor for clarification.

Note: The WRC also has copies of the complete CMS/Turabian Guide for students to use during regular operating hours.

Online Style Guides

Sample Papers

Handouts

IEEE—Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

If you’re doing research in engineering, you may be asked to use IEEE as your citation style. Some other academic fields also use IEEE. If you’re unsure which documentation style to use for an assignment, ask your instructor for clarification.

Note: The WRC also has copies of the complete IEEE Manual for students to use during regular operating hours.

Online Style Guides

Sample Papers

Handouts

MLAModern Language Association

If you’re doing research in English, you may be asked to use MLA as your citation style. Some other academic fields also use MLA. If you’re unsure which documentation style to use for an assignment, ask your instructor for clarification.

Note: The WRC also has copies of the complete MLA Handbook for students to use during regular operating hours.

Online Style Guides

Sample Papers

Handouts