Citation style guides are discipline-specific rules by which to present information. They help scholars do a few things, such as:
Citing sources correctly helps you to:
There are three major citation styles used for most academic papers. Your instructor will tell you which one to follow. Each style has its own method for formatting citations in-text and on the reference list.
Many databases, such as Academic Search Premier, Education Source, CINHAL Plus, and others, will let you choose a citation style for the documents you wish to email, print or save. Always check automatically-generated citations against the style guide. Same goes for any auto-generated citations such as those in the Word templates.
Ebrary lets you choose either APA or MLA style for references to its books. To use this feature, you must be in a book. Then, select "Info Tools," "Preferences," then "Citation Style: Ebrary."