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Public Health: Online Program in Chronic Disease: Citation Guides and Management

This research guide is for Georgia State's career development program for public health workers.

Online Resources

There are several types of manuals for writing research papers. Known as style guides, they include (but are not limited to) MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association). Check your syllabus or with your instructor to find out which specific style guidelines to follow when writing your paper.  As you format your paper and bibliography, you may want to consult one of the resources below or these Research Guides.

Style Guides

Check out the Library's Citation Style guide for quick guidance.

The Basics

Why Cite?

    Determine Citation Styles

    • Commonly used citing styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago. [Details]
    • Many journals have their own preferred citation styles.
    • Check the “Author Instructions” of the journal to find the citation style required.

    Use a Citation Manager to manage your citations and cite while you write!

    • Put your references into the citing style automatically by using a citation manager such as EndNote or Zotero (see below).

    View this tutorial from the UCLA Library to learn more.

    Citation Managers

    Track sources and format bibliographies as well as download citations from library catalogs and databases.

    EndNote is a free download for GSU students, faculty and staff.  Check GSU's EndNote research guide for more information.

        Zotero is a free Firefox plugin.  It was developed by historians to support historical and related  research.  Check GSU's Zotero research guide for more information.


    Check out this page for a comparison of several citation managers.