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UAlbany style guide help
Jane Kessler, University Libraries Reference Department
UAlbany Library Catalog links to style guides
Citing your sources serves multiple purposes. When you cite, you are acknowledging the ideas of others and pointing to the source of those ideas. If others wish to review your sources in more detail, the proper citation allows them to find the source you cite for further research. Citing enables you to avoid plagiarism.
The first rule in citing your sources is to . Even the most helpful resources may interpret some guidelines differently. Check with your professor if you have any questions about which style to use or about any formatting that is questionable. The librarians at the reference desk and I can help you find examples and the proper form for the material you cite.
Why are there so many style guides? Different disciplines use different styles for presenting research and for formatting publications. These guides are often produced by professional associations, e.g., the APA (American Psychological Association). Your professor may have a specific style guide requirement or may allow you to select one to follow such as MLA (Modern Language Association)/humanities, or Chicago Manual of Style.
Annotated bibliographies and Web sources
The OWL (Online Writing Lab) site map at Purdue
The OWL at Purdue has an extensive list of resources on The Writing Process, Research and Citation, Grammar and Mechanics, and writing in different disciplines. Expand the navigation links on the main page. Courtesy of Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
Research & Learning Services
Cornell University Library
Ithaca, NY, USA
A Research Guide for Students
Professors and a librarian compiled this guide, 2014. Per the Web site, "A Research Guide for Students is one of the authorities on writing, literature and presentation of one's works. We have received many awards (over 50!) and accolades from educational institutions all over the world."