As the semester comes to an end and as you complete papers you may have probably been told submit your paper utilizing the “APA”, “MLA”, “AMA”, “Turabian” “OSCOLA/BLUEBOOK/AWLD” (Legal Writing), Chicago Manual of Style etc. However, please note that even if you were not explicitly told to utilize any of the aforementioned citation styles you are required to do so as the College prohibits plagiarizing, per its policy as indicated on the College’s website. You may have been asked to submit your research papers using Turnitin, an internet based anti-plagiarism tool. Hence every paper that you submit for grading may potentially put you at risk for violation the College’s plagiarism policy. For the UWI/LLB COB students this plagiarism policy also exists in the Faculty of Law Undergraduate Handbook for New Students, 2012-2013 at page 44.
- APA Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Call # Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010) psychology, education, and other social sciences.
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: (Call # LB2369 .G53 1999): literature, arts, and humanities.
- AMA Manual of Style: medicine, health, and biological sciences.
- Turabian: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Call # Ref LB2369 .T87 2007): designed for college students to use with all subjects.
- Chicago: The Chicago Manual of Style (Call # Ref LB2369 .T87 2007) used with all subjects in the “real world” by books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications.
Using MS Office – Templates for Citation/Research Papers
t is important that you note that various citation styles have templates that are available in Microsoft Office Word 2010. When you open MS Word select “New” from the “File” tab, then do a search for an MLA or APA paper template.
You should also note that you can also use Microsoft office to assist you with citations when creating a bibliography or list of references or works cited. Click the “Reference” tab.
Additional Online Style Guides:
Research and Documentation Online: Adapted from the book Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age by Diana Hacker (Boston, MA : Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006), this site provides examples of citation style, parenthetical references, manuscript format, and completed papers for the MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE (Council of Science Editors) styles.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Created by the English Department at Purdue University, this site covers all aspects of the academic, business, and creative writing processes (grammar, punctuation, style, rhetoric, outlines, etc.), along with the MLA and APA styles (the latter with sample papers) and annotated bibliographies.
Free Citation Management Tools:
- Zotero – Free, easy-to-use tools to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
2. Mendeley – free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
Legal Citation Manuals
The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (Call # K114 .O83 2012) is designed to facilitate accurate citation of authorities, legislation, and other legal materials. It is widely used in law schools and by journal and book publishers in the UK and beyond.
The Bluebook: A Uniform Style of Citation (Call # REF K114 .B58 2010)
This is the most widely use citation style for legal writing in the US.
The AWLD Citation Manual
This a legal citation system for the United States compiled by the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
More information and Other Referencing Styles and Manuals