Welcome to the DVC Library Guide to Citations. There are three citation styles used at Diablo Valley College: MLA, APA, and Chicago (Turabian). Within each style, you'll find instructions for how to cite three kinds of sources: print sources, electronic sources, and non-print sources. Make sure you know what style your instructor is requiring for your assignment.
|MLA Style is often used in English classes and other humanities disciplines like History and Philosophy.||APA Style is popular for Psychology, Nursing and Health Sciences, and other Life and Physical Sciences||Chicago (Turabian) Style is sometimes used in the Arts, Social Sciences, and other disciplines.|
When you write a research paper, you will start by reading the research that others have done before you. In your paper you will mention (or "cite") the sources you have consulted using in-text citations, also known as parenthetical citations. At the end of your paper you will include a bibliography or works cited section, an alphabetical list of citations that contain all the information that readers will need to locate these resources for themselves.
There are a number of websites that will help you format your citations in the various styles. You should always double-check the results you get, as the results are good places to start but not necessarily correct.