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Citation Guides and Management Tools Guide — Overview

A guide to some commonly used citation styles.

Welcome to the Citation Guide overview

The purpose of this guide is to help you navigate the many citation styles that you may use in your assignments.  Also, to share with you the different citation management tools available to you free of charge.

Why is Citation Important?

Any information that came from a source outside of your own head needs to be cited. 

Your citations are like your paper's family tree. They show the difference between the ideas of others that you are responding to, and your own originality. Citation helps to clearly document the research you have done on your topic, and is very useful as you evaluate evidence and respond to the work of others.


  • Give credit where credit is due
  • Allow your readers to verify your research
  • Help your readers situate your ideas within a scholarly conversation
  • Allow you to strengthen your argument by properly introducing evidence
  • Helps you avoid plagiarism

If you have any questions about citations, you can use the Ask a Librarian Chat for help.

Citation Guides Handouts

These guides to preparing bibliographic citations were developed by University of Connecticut librarians.


Note: the MLA 8th edition has very recently been released. Double-check with your teacher to make sure you use the right edition of MLA format.



Social Sciences

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

Created by North Carolina State University Library:

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Great Citation Site!

If you're still unsure what you're doing, we highly recommend Cite Source from Trinity College! 



Writing Center

Need help using all the great sources you've found for a paper? Check out UConn's Writing Center and make an appointment.


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Links to Regional Campuses Writing Centers:

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