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Why So Many Citation Styles?
Many students wonder why there are so many different citation styles. Libby from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) explains in this video.
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Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a great resource for learning and checking many citation styles, including MLA, APA, Chicago, IEEE, AMA, & ASA.
Eckerd Library Citation Styles Guide
The Eckerd Library Citation Styles guide connects you with resources and online citation guides for many styles, including MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE, ASC, & APS.
MLA & APA Citation Examples
MLA Example - Book
APA - Book
MLA Example - Article
APA Example - Article
Did you notice that the same basic information is provided in both styles (MLA & APA)?
The difference is the technical rules - the order of the information, what is italicized, capitalized, etc.
You needn't memorize all the technical rules for citation styles - there are many resources to help you.