Looking for more in-depth guidance with citations? Check out Calvin's Rhetoric Across the Curriculum: Writing with Integrity website, which includes very useful advice, from an explanation of why citation matters to examples of how to correctly document sources using the major citation styles.
Your professor will usually specify the citation style required for your paper or project. Always check with him or her about any specific questions regarding expectations and requirements. Some general guidelines, though:
MLA style - typically used in the Humanities (e.g., English)
APA style - used for Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology)
Chicago style - used in History; also, a version of Chicago style, Turabian, is often used in Calvin Religion and Seminary courses
The Rhetoric Across the Curriculum website offers electronic links to sample citations in all these styles.
MLA, APA, and Chicago styles are the three most common documentation styles required by Calvin professors. The rules and guidance for these styles are provided the manuals listed below. They can be found in print in the library's Reference Collection and also at the Research Assistance Desk.
Note that a number of online tools and resources may offer citation help, but they are not always correct nor cover every situation. The style manuals are considered the authorities for citation and formatting rules.
Citation generators are online tools that create your citations for you (you just need to enter the information):
|Use KnightCite, Calvin's own citation generator (works with MLA, APA, and Chicago styles).|