Because you'll be working with many, many sources, we recommend using tools to help you keep track of and organize everything you find. By using dedicated tools for your sources, you'll reduce the risk of forgetting where you found a quote or losing a source altogether.
Citing the sources you find is a necessary part of the research process and can be intimidating depending on your familiarity with whichever citation style your professor requires. Some questions you may have might be:
How do I know which citation style to use?
The best way to know for sure is to ask your professor which citation style they would prefer you use on assignments if it is not stated in the syllabus or in the assignment description.
I need help citing. Where can I get help?
For specific help resources for each citation style, see click the tab for the appropriate style you are using. We also have a research guide with a more comprehensive list of sources:
Reference Librarians can help with questions. The Writing Center can also help:
The authoritative source for APA style is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently in its 6th edition). APA is commonly used in the social sciences to cite sources.
There are a number of online sources to help provide examples of how to cite sources in APA style that are especially helpful when citing uncommon sources:
If you're citing business sources, you'll definitely want to check out our research guide!
MLA style is currently in the 8th edition. A print edition of the style guide is available at the Bentley Library Reference Desk.
There are also a number of online resources to help with citing sources and formatting papers in MLA format:
The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) is the most recent edition of Chicago Style. Within the Chicago style, there are two versions with slight differences - one that uses notes ("Notes and Bibliography") and one that uses in-text parenthetical references ("Author-Date"). Be sure to follow the guidelines for the particular in-text citation style you are using.
See these online resources for assistance in citing sources in Chicago Style:
If you will be doing a lot of research and collecting a number of resources, you will need to keep track of the information you are finding. There are various tools that you can work with to manage the citations and other information you will be collecting.
is a citation management tool where you can store the citations to resources you collect during your research. You will need to create an individual account if you haven't done so already.
The provides some basic guidance in using RefWorks as well as links to various tutorials.