These guides can help you to meet the requirements of different citation styles.

Whenever you use the words or ideas of someone else in your paper or presentation, you must cite your source. Failure to do so may be considered to be plagiarism. Different disciplines use different citation styles, so consult your syllabus and confirm with your instructor which style you should use.

Style Manuals

Getting started with APA

The American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is used in many disciplines. UBC librarians have created a guide to assist you with formatting in-text citations, formatting a reference list, and structuring your paper for course work.

Getting started with MLA

The Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is commonly used in the humanities and social sciences.

Getting started with Chicago

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) has two versions: Notes and Bibliography and Author-Date. It is used in the social sciences, arts and humanities.

Additional Citation Styles

These styles are used in certain disciplines at UBC Okanagan.

ACS – American Chemical Society Style Guide Online Manual & UBC Library ACS Quick Guide

IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Citation Style

Indigenous KnowledgeUBC Library Indigenous Citation Guide

Law – UBC Library Legal Citation Guide

SAA – Society for American Archaeology Quick Guide

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One-on-one Support

Get help with citing sources correctly by visiting the Library Service Desk. Visit AskAway for for immediate chat help, email with a specific question, or make an appointment with a subject librarian for in-depth citation support.