Citing Sources

When you write a research paper, you must give credit to your sources by citing them in-text and including a Works Cited, References, or Reference List page.  Below are the citation styles commonly used at Prescott College,  with helpful guidelines on how to format your paper and your citations.

Not sure what style to use?  If your instructor doesn't specify a particular style, a librarian will help you choose the most appropriate style for your paper.

Citing Style Resources

AAA Style Guide, from the American Anthropological Association

APA is the most commonly used citation style at Prescott College.  Curated by the American Psychological Association, it is used when writing about psychology, education, and other social sciences.


Librarians are happy to help you with your specific APA questions!  Call (928-350-1300) or email us.

Chicago style is used in many social science disciplines, such as history and anthropology.  If you are not sure which style to use, consult with your instructor.

There are two books that can guide you in using Chicago:

Other Resources

CSE citation style is often used when writing about the sciences.  In some fields, citations are based on important journals, such as Conservation BiologyThe Author Style Guide is available here.

Check with your instructor if you are not sure which style to use.


  • McMillan, V. E. (2012). Writing papers in the biological sciences. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. This book is available in the Reference area and on the shelves.
  • Handout with examples and information about CSE style from the Prescott College Library.

Have a specific CSE question?  The librarians are happy to help.  Call (928-350-1300) or email us.

MLA style, curated by the Modern Language Association, is the standard citation style for writing in literature and the other humanities.


Have a specific MLA question?  Prescott College librarians are happy to help.  Call (928-350-1300) or email us.

RefWorks is a citation software program available to all Prescott College students. 

Information & Tutorials

Access RefWorks from the featured link at the bottom of every library page.  

RefWorks Youtube Tutorial Channel [video]