Skip to Main Content

Research Guides@Tufts

Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Resources to support the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership program.

Citation Styles

Different academic disciplines have created specific style guidelines for citing sources, both throughout a text and as a bibliography.

Which style should you use?

  • First, check with your professor or your syllabus to see if there is a preferred style
  • If your professor just asks that you choose any style as long as you do so consistently, choose the style that you're most comfortable using
  • If you're really unsure what style makes the most sense, ask your professor or a librarian for help choosing the style that's most typically used for the discipline

There are thousands of citation styles, many of which are used by particular journals or are variations of major styles. Learn more about the common styles at Major Citation Styles.

Citation Support Tools

There are many ways to automatically format citations. Tisch Librarians support and recommend some options more than others, based on our experience. But the best choice is the one that works for you, helps you organize your research workflow, and feels right.

Remember that these are shortcuts to save you time, but they are all imperfect, and draw from imperfect databases. They may get you 90% of the way to a great bibliography, but you are ultimately responsible for what goes into your paper.

Visit our guide on Citation Shortcuts & Software for info on common tools like Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, etc.