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COMM 1301: Style Guides

Formatting Your Paper

There are an infinite number ways of formatting a paper, and there are still a large number of paper formal styles.  Most formatting styles handle citations within the text, endnotes/footnotes, and the works cited page.  Some of the most notable styles include APA, Chicago and MLA. 

More Information

There are programs that will help you keep track of your citations and format them appropriately for you.

Three of the top are Endnote, Refworks, and Zotero.

Endnote and Refworks are paid software that we use through a University Library license.  Zotero is free software.

There are libguides on navigating Refworks and Zotero.




APA is the style of the American Psychological Association. 

The APA tutorial from

APA Guide from the Owl at Purdue.

APA at Cornell University.


MLA is published by the Modern Language Association.

MLA guide from the Owl at Purdue

MLA at Cornell University


The Chicago style comes from the University of Chicago.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

Chicago guide from the Owl at Purdue

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