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The Big Three
There are three major styles of writing and citing sources at the college and professional levels. The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is the most popular and common style and it is predominately used in the liberal arts and humanities. The American Psychological Association (APA) style is most often used for scientific, medical, or engineering writing. The third and final member of the big three is the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). The CMS deals with aspects of editorial practice, from American English grammar and usage to document preparation. It is very similar to the Turabian style.
All three manuals are available in the PIT Library.
Plagiarism is using another's words or ideas without giving them credit.
To avoid plagiarism, acknowledge where you found:
- someone's idea, opinion, or theory;
- any fact or statistic that is not common knowledge;
- quotation of another's spoken or written words;
- paraphrase of another's spoken or written words.
When in doubt, cite the source of the material. See either Librarian for more information.
Please be aware that automatically generated citations may not provide accurate results.
If you choose to use a citation generator, then take the time to make the necessary corrections using this APA guide.
Remember: It is your responsibility to double-check the results!
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APA Citation Resources
OWL: APA Guide
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab is the preeminent leader in citation support for students. These resources will help you learn how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style.
Note: Resources reflecting the new seventh edition of the APA Manual are scheduled to be published early Spring 2020.
Mendeley APA Citation Guide
Mendeley APA Format Citation Guide:
This is a complete guide to APA (American Psychological Association) in-text and reference list citations. This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide makes citing any source easy.