When you are asked to follow a certain citation style, you are being asked to format your paper in a particular way. This includes title pages, headers, page numbers, in-text citations and quotes, works cited/reference lists, and more.
Which style you are asked to use will depend on your field of study, and your professors' preferences. Typically, science, social science, and nursing majors use APA style, while English and other humanities majors use MLA style, and history majors use Chicago style. When in doubt as to which style to use, ask your professor.
If you have a citation on your Reference or Works Cited page, there must be a matching parenthetical or in-text citation in the body of your paper and vice versa.
Please contact Richmond Community College's Oral and Written Communication Center (OWCC) if you desire professional, one-on-one speaking and/or writing advice.
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