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Citation & style guides

Most common citation guides: APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian

APA (6th ed.)

MLA (8th ed.) | MLA (7th ed.)

Chicago/Turabian (17th ed.)

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What needs to be included in a citation (what information do I need?)

What information do I need to cite a journal article?
How to identify and find the elements you need to cite an article, whether online or print. With examples.

What information do I need to cite a webpage?
Learn how to identify and find the elements you need to cite an webpage, including blog posts, reports, and other files. With examples.

What information do I need to cite a book?
How to identify and find the elements you need to cite a book, including print and ebooks. With examples.

Guides by faculty, department, resource type, and discipline

Business

Business sources -- APA style for document types common to Business.

Government documents and statistics

Government documents, Canadian -- APA style | MLA style | Chicago style

Citing guide for Statistics Canada, PCensus, & CHASS data

How to Cite Statistics Canada Products 
From Statistics Canada. A tool that describes how to build a reference when citing any type of Statistics Canada product.

How Do I Cite Government Publications? (McMaster University)

Humanities and Social Sciences 

Anthropology

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Note: As of Sept 2015, their guide has been discontinued and AAA recommends the use of Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date).

Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology 

Style Guide for American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity 
Find examples under the appropriate section In-text reference citations or references cited.

Communication

Canadian Journal of Communication
Guidelines for submissions to this journal, including citing.

Political science

APSA Style Manual for Political Science (2006) (American Political Science Association)

Sociology 

Style Guide/American Sociological Association [print]
Quick Tips for ASA Style/American Sociological Association

Images

Finding and using online images: Citing

Interdisciplinary and general (other)

Harvard style: A generic name for author-date style for citing and referencing, not affiliated with Harvard University. Some interpretations and guides:

Legal

Legal research materials  (Lederman Law Library, Queen's University. Examples of citations for Canadian legal research resources.)

Life sciences

Biology

CSE style [print]

Health sciences

AMA Citation Style Guide (BCIT)

AMA Style (University of Waterloo) 

Citing Medicine: The NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers See also:
NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI databases
ICMJE Sample References;
The Taylor & Francis Standard Reference Style: NLM guide;

Vancouver Style, like NLM style, uses Citing Medicine: The NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers 
(See also the University of Queensland Vancouver style guide)

Maps and geospatial data

Citing geospatial data and maps 

Science and Technology

Chemistry

American Chemical Society style (ACS) (Williams Libraries)

Engineering 

IEEE style

Physics 

American Physical Style (APS)
See also APS Journals

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