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This guide provides basic guidelines and examples for common citation styles used at Davidson College. When citing sources, always defer to the citation style required by your department or professor. You may need to consult the full style manual or consult a librarian for complex citation questions.
Note: Throughout this guide you will find examples of how to cite online sources (ebooks, online journal articles, etc.). These rules are subject to change when citation styles are revised, so be sure to consult the most recent edition of a given citation manual.
(American Anthropological Association). Used exclusively in anthropology. Based on the Chicago Manual of Style.
(American Chemical Society) Specialized citation style used in chemistry.
(American Medical Association) Citation style used primarily in medical writing.
(American Psychological Association) Used primarily in psychology and sociology.
Chicago: Notes & Bibliography
(Documentation I) Used primarily in the humanities, especially in history. The Turabian style is based on the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
(Documentation II) Used primarily in the social sciences, especially economics and political science. Refer to this section for citing in APSA style (American Political Science Association) because APSA is adapted from the Chicago Author-Date style.
(Council of Science Editors, formerly Council of Biology Editors) Used in various science disciplines, including physical and life sciences.
(Modern Language Association) Used primarily in English and the humanities.
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