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a guide to common citation styles used in the arts and humanities, along with links to free online citation tools.

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.

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It's All About Style!

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
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts
  • ...and there are many others.

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



This LibGuide was originally created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.

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content edited 12/13/2011, Cornish Library