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How to Cite Sources

  • When writing a research paper, you must cite any author whose work you used in your paper. This requires both an in-text citation within the body of the paper for any quoted, paraphrased, or summarized material and a corresponding entry on the references list at the end of the paper. 

    Style Manuals
    In academia, you give credit according to the standard set by the professional association in the field of study for which you are doing research. Below are links for the most commonly used style manuals. All have been updated to the latest edition.

    RefWorks (Online Citation Management Tool)


    Besides using the quick guides referenced below, we recommend that you try RefWorks, an online citation management tool. This software allows you to import citations from databases and websites, organize them into folders and create bibliographies automatically. It offers hundreds of output styles, including the ones below. To get started, all you need to do is create an account. Contact the Reference Desk at (410) 651-7937 for the Group Code. 

    AMA (American Medical Association) – 11th Edition
    AMA Citation Guide & Reference List

    APA (American Psychological Association) – 7th Edition
    APA Citation Guide & Reference List
    APA Format & In-text Citations

    ASA (American Sociological Association) – 6th Edition
    ASA Citation Guide & Reference List
    ASA Format & In-text Citations

    CSE (Council of Science Editors, formerly CBE) – 8th Edition
    CSE Name-Year System Citation Guide & Reference List

    MLA (Modern Language Association) – 8th Edition
    MLA Citation Guide & Works Cited
    MLA Format & In-Text Citations

    If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk

                                  Last Updated March 2021