The most commonly used publication styles are created by the Modern Languages Association, the American Psychological Association, and the University of Chicago.
- APA: Style set by the American Pyschological Association. (Commonly used in Social Science.)
- Chicago: Style set by University of Chicago. (Commonly used in Humanities.)
- MLA: Style of the Modern Language Association. (Commonly used in Languages and Literatures.)
(No matter what style your professor requests, a citation manager can help you organize and cite your sources, and so can a librarian.)
Zotero: The Tri-College Libraries recommend Zotero, a free tool that can format your bibliography, keep your citations organized, and even save your articles in the cloud so you can access them later from the library, home, or a cafe. See the Tri-College Guide to Zotero for more details.
Any librarian will be happy to give you a tour or a few pointers of the software.