This is the "Introduction" page of the "Citing Sources" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
Guide to citation styles and tools for managing and formatting citations.
Last Updated: Dec 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide

Introduction Print Page

Ask a Librarian


Need help?

Ask a Librarian logo

Chat requires JavaScript.


or click for more options ...

UW Writing Center

The UW-Madison Writing Center, located in 6171 Helen C. White Hall, helps students with their writing skills through in-person and online assistance.  This research guide links to pages with documentation related to a number of citation styles. 


Citation Tools

Citation Managers such as EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero are software tools for managing your citations.  Citation managers will help you:

  • Create and organize a personal research database,
  • Download citations from online databases,
  • Format bibliographies and citations in papers, and
  • Share your citations with others.

Compare Citation Managers


About this Guide

When you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source, either with a parenthetical citation or  a footnote or endnote.  Not to do so is plagiarism.  At the end of documents with references to others' works is a list of sources (e.g., Bibliography, Works Cited, Reference List)

Before starting your research, identify the appropriate citation style according to the academic discipline and/or media format. Check with your advisor or instructor about which style you should use.

This guide provides information about citing sources according to different styles. Select the tab for the style you are using.  Print manuals and electronic sources with examples of citations for different types of sources are included.

Also available is a link to information about tools you can use to collect, manage, and format citations.

If you need further assistance with citing sources, use Ask A Librarian.


Major Style Manuals

Cover Art
Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Call Number: Z253 U69 2010, College Library Main Collection, 1st Floor West, Room 1191
ISBN: 9780226104201

Cover Art
The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Call Number: Z253 U69 2003, Memorial Library Reference Desk Room 262 (non-circulating)
ISBN: 0226104036

Cover Art
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008.
Call Number: PN147 G444 2008, Memorial Library Reference Desk Room 262 (non-circulating)
ISBN: 0873522974

Cover Art
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2010.
Call Number: Call Number: BF76.7 P83 2010, Memorial Library, Reference Desk Room 262 (non-circulating)
ISBN: 1433805596

Memorial Reference Staff

Profile Image
Reference Department
Contact Info
Memorial Library
Second Floor, Room 262
Send Email

Loading  Loading...