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FAQ: How do I cite a source using a specific style?

Short, simple how-to and demos of frequently asked questions about using the Libraries and information resources

Citing a Source

Citations are a means of giving credit where credit is due. Different subject disciplines call for citation information to be written in very specific formatting.

1. From the UW Libraries homepage, under 'Start Your Research,' click Citation Guides & Management.

2. Select the citation style of your choice.

Menu of citation offerings reading MLA Style 8th edition, mla style 7th edition, APA style, Chicago Notes & bibliography Style, Chicago Author-Date Style, and Other Citation Styles

Tip: Don't see the style you want? Click "Other Citation Styles" for more options.


Alternatively, if your search provided an item you want to cite, you can click on the quotations icon (emphasized with red) or the more options icon (emphasized with green).

screenshot of catalog listing

Clicking on the quotations quotation marks or more options dot dot dot icon will provide a more detailed display and provide access to several citation management style choices. You can copy your selection from the on screen clipboard.


View of article in UW Libraries catalog showing how to use the citation icon to copy a citation to clipboard. Citation options shows are APA 6th edition, Chicago/Turabian 16th edition, Harvard 1 and MLA 8th edition

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