Depending on your professor's preference, you may be required to use APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian or other citation styles for your references, works cited or bibliography page as well as in text citations or footnotes/endnotes.
Your professor may also give you the option of choosing which citation style to use. You can base your decision on several things. If a specific citation style is used in your major, it might be a good idea to use that style. However, your topic may dictate the citation style as each citation style works better for the types of resources you will need to cite for that topic.
For example: If your topic is about works of literature, then MLA is the best choice; If you are looking at a historical topic, then Chicago or Turabian notes styles are preferred; While health care, psychology or or other social science topics would work best in APA.
Using a bibliographic management tool such as Endnote Web or Zotero can help you stay organized.
Use the tabs to the right to find out more information about citing your resources.