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The following citation manuals and style guides provide the guidelines for formatting your paper and citing your resources.
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Why Do We Cite?

Student Handbook

To use the ideas or words of another person without crediting the source is plagiarism, which is a violation of Bentley University's Academic Integrity Policy. (Consult the Student Handbook for more information).

Whether you are writing a paper, compiling a business plan or creating a PowerPoint presentation, it is vital that you properly cite the information that you have used. Information from books, periodicals, online databases, websites, etc. should be cited according to the guidelines of your discipline (usually MLA or APA) or those of your professor.

Learning how to keep your own ideas separate from the ideas of others is an important skill to develop. When you start working in the business world, you don't want to violate copyright. Here is a video from the Copyright Clearance Center about the basics of copyright.


Citation Tools

RefWorks & EndNote are productivity tools provided by the Library that you can use to create bibliographies and format research papers in the citation style of your choice (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago). Please view the RefWorks & EndNote Library Research Guide for more information.

Bentley Writing Centers

Check out these on-campus resources!

  • Writing Center
    The Writing Center is located on the lower level of the Library. It is open days and evenings for one-to-one assistance with writing skills. It is staffed by peer tutors chosen both for the quality of their own writing and for their interpersonal skills.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
    The ESOL Center is located on the lower level of the Library. English Department faculty members who specialize in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) provide support to help students achieve success in their courses across the curriculum.

Online Citation Guides

We highly recommend the following online style guide web sites:

For more information about all the types of citation styles please consult the box below.


    Citation Manuals

    The following citation & style manuals provide the guidelines for formatting your paper and citing your resources.

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    APA, MLA, Chicago & CSE Styles:
    Research and Documentation in the Digital Age
    - Diana Hacker; Barbara Fister
    Call Number: REF DESK ZA4375 .H327 2015
    New, up-to-date documentation models guide students as they cite common sources and newer sources -- such as blogs, podcasts, online videos, and reposted Web content.

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    APA Style:
    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
    Call Number: Reference Desk & Reference Stacks: BF76.7 .P83 2010
    APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences, including business.

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    MLA Handbook, 8th ed.
    Call Number: REF DESK LB2369 .G53 2016
    MLA (Modern Language Association) is most commonly used to cite sources in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Online MLA Practice Template

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    Chicago Style:
    The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
    Call Number: Reference Desk & Stacks: Z253 .U69 2010
    A citation format established by the University of Chicago Press. Used primarily for History classes.

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    Scientific Style and Format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers.
    Call Number: Reference Desk: T11 .S386 2014
    CSE (Council of Science Editors) is the format preferred by the scientific disciplines.

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    The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th. ed.
    Call Number: Reference Desk & Reference Stacks: KF245 .B58 2010
    The definitive source of rules for citation in legal documents and law journals.
    See also: Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2010) by Peter W. Martin at
    OR LexisNexis Legal Citation Format

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    Legal Citation:
    ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, 4th ed.
    Call Number: Reference Desk: KF245 .A45 2010
    "One of the guiding ideas for the ALWD Citation Manual is that it is to be, for the most part, a restatement of the rules of citation based on how experts actually do citation. It is a book prepared by professionals for professionals."
    See also: Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2010) by Peter W. Martin at

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    American Sociological Association Style Guide
    Call Number: REF DESK HM73 .A547 2010
    The ASA Style Guide... is designed to serve as the authoritative reference for writing, submitting, editing, and copy editing manuscripts for ASA journals. See also: Purdue University (OWL) Guide to ASA Citations &
    WCU Guide to ASA Citations & Suffolk University Guide to ASA Citations

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    The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
    Call Number: Reference Desk PN4783 .A83 2014
    The AP Stylebook is a basic guide for the journalistic form of writing. It is used as a writing and editing reference in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide.


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