Style Guides & RefWorks

Citation Styles

This page from Boston University summarizes the citation style of the American Medical Association (AMA).

The American Psychological Association (APA) Manual is most often used in the social sciences. It's available in abbreviated form at this website from Bedford St. Martin's Press.

The Chicago Manual of Style is most often used in history. It's available in abbreviated form at this website from Bedford St. Martin's Press.

The MLA Style is most often used in the humanities. It's available in abbreviated form at this website from Bedford St. Martin's Press. Here's a tutorial of how to apply MLA style.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue is a great place to start for guidelines on research, writing, grammar, and citation styles (MLA and APA).

The CBE Manual is most often used in the sciences. It's available in abbreviated form at this website from Bedford St. Martin's Press.

Kate L. Turabian's manual (revised by John Grossman and Alice Bennett), is Chicago style for students. It's available in abbreviated form from Concordia University Libraries' website.

RefWorks

RefWorks is an online tool that allows you to:

  • Create bibliographies in almost any style
  • Format your bibliography and in-text citations while you write
  • Build your own database of citations
  • Import citations directly from library databases
  • Access your citations from any computer

Learn how to use RefWorks by attending a RefWorks workshop at the library, watching RefWorks tutorial videos (which offer excellent step-by-step instructions), browsing the RefWorks LibGuide, or taking a RefWorks training webinar.

Note: From off campus, you may be asked for Brooklyn College's Group Code: RWBrooklynC.

Alumni: Brooklyn College alumni who would like a RefWorks account should contact Prof. Frans Albarillo.

Tools Other than RefWorks

This guide to citation and research management tools, created by the Metropolitan New York Library Council, will help you decide which tool best suits your particular research needs.

BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals' guidelines for citing references.

Citation Machine is an easy-to-use online tool that helps you format citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian style.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, generate bibliographies, collaborate with others online, discover the latest research.

Zotero is a Firefox extension that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and export that information as formatted references. Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when you are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields.