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Citing Your Sources

Proper citation is an essential aspect of scholarship. Citing properly allows your reader or audience to locate the materials you have used. Most importantly, citations give credit to the authors of quoted or consulted information.

For detailed instructions on how to cite within the text of your paper, please consult a style manual listed below. Please also note: some of the resources below do not cover every possibility you might encounter when trying to cite your sources. For this reason, it is suggested that you consult a style manual to create your bibliography.

BU Librarians often recommend refworks RefWorks as the best tool to manage citations. Accounts are free for the BU community, and most importantly RefWorks can automatically create a bibliography in hundreds of styles.

There are other such tools.

CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Chicago Style


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

BU LIbraries

Science and Engineering Librarians

Paula Carey
Engineering & Mathematics


Mary Foppiani
Physics & Astronomy


JD Kotula
Chemistry, Computer Science & Earth Sciences