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Citation styles

MSVU Library's citation guides:

These examples are brief summaries of what you will find in the full citation manuals (available at the Library Reference Desk.) If you have questions about citation please consult with a librarian or your professor. Librarians may refer you to your professor.
 

Always confirm with your professor which style you should be using.
 

Other citation styles:

Citation styles by department

Which styles for which department?

At MSVU a few key citations styles are used. It is possible your professor will require a different style, but the table below indicates the style usually preferred by each department. If your department is not listed, please check with your professor.

Some key styles:

  • APA (American Psychological Association)
  • MLA (Modern Languages Association)
  • Chicago (from the University of Chicago; sometimes called Turabian after Kate Turabian)
  • ASA (American Sociological Association)
Department Style or styles preferred

Applied Human Nutrition

Confirm with your professor.

Styles used include: APA, Vancouver, AMA, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Also known as ICMJE; used by the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research

Biology

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th Ed (used by NRC Journal of Zoology.) CSE examples, or speak to your professor.

Business Administration

APA

Chemistry & Physics

Confirm style with your professor.

Child & Youth

APA

Communication

APA

Cultural Studies

Chicago preferred; MLA with permission.

Economics

Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date system for all common publication types. For less common sources, use examples from American Economic Review.

Education

APA

English

MLA

Family Studies & Gerontology

APA

History

Chicago

Information Technology

APA

Mathematics & Computer Science

Confirm style with your professor.

Modern Languages (French)

MLA

Peace & Conflict Studies

Confirm style with your professor.

Philosophy/Religious Studies

Chicago, MLA, APA. Choose a style and be consistent.

Political & Canadian Studies

Chicago, MLA, APA. Choose a style and be consistent.

Psychology

APA

Public Policy

Chicago, MLA, APA. Choose a style and be consistent.

Public Relations

APA

Sociology & Anthropology

ASA
For Anthropology confirm style with your professor.

Women's Studies

APA or MLA. Confirm style with your professor.

 


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