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Here are two suggestions for style guides. There are other options available. No matter which style you choose, be sure it meets the requirements of the assignment. Check with your instructor if you are not sure about the style format you wish to use.
APA (American Psychological Association)
Book: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Call number: BF 76.7 .P83 2010 (available at Reference and in the circulating collection)
Online: APA Documentation from U Wisconsin
Look for the APA Formatting and Style Guide under the "Research and Citation" section from The OWL at Purdue
MLA (Modern Language Association)
Book: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call number: LB2369 .G53 2009 (available at Reference and in the circulating collection)
Overview of Citing (why, when, etc)
For more information about citing your sources, check out the citing sources section of the library's research tutorial.
Articles from scholarly journals go through the peer review process. An expert (or several experts) in a field writes the article and then a group of the authors' peers (usually anonymous) reviews the material to make sure that it is of sound science and scholarship and suitable for the publication and its target audience. The reviewers often suggest changes to the paper that are necessary before the work is published.
Scholarly articles often take a long time (6 months -2 years) to be published from the time they are submitted to the journal.
Why use scholarly articles? They are authoritative, and often focus on a very specific area of research. They can also lead you to other experts in the field through citation tracking and cited references.
Watch a ~4 minute review (with audio) demonstrating how to distinguish peer reviewed journals from other types of periodicals (Developed and made available by Vanderbilt University Library).
Look for the usual characteristics of scholarly works, such as:
Still not sure? You may also wish to: