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Citations and Avoiding Plagiarism

Citation Styles per Discipline

Need help identifying which citation style to use based on your discipline?

Below is a guide that students can use to help identify the citation style that may be used by their discipline. However, students should always confirm with their professors what citation style to use. Professors may choose to have students use a different style than what is listed here.

Discipline Citation Style
Accounting APA or MLA
Anthropology Chicago (Author-Date)
Art History Chicago (Notes-Bibliography)
Athletic Training AMA
Biochemistry ACS
Biology CSE
Business Administration APA
Chemistry ACS
Communication APA
Computer Engineering IEEE
Computer Science IEEE
Creative Writing MLA

Criminal Justice

Digital Journalism AP
Diplomacy and International Relations Chicago (Notes-Bibliography)
Economics Chicago (Author-Date) or APA
Education APA
Engineering IEEE
English MLA
Entrepreneurship APA or MLA
Environmental Studies AMS or APA
Film Production and Editing MLA
Finance APA
History Chicago (Notes-Bibliography)


Legal Studies Bluebook


Mathematics AMS
Music Performance Chicago (Notes-Bibliography)
Nursing APA
Occupational Therapy APA
Philosophy MLA, Chicago, APA
Physical Therapy APA
Physician Assistant APA
Physics AIP
Political Science APSA
Psychology APA
Religion MLA or Chicago
Social and Behavioral Sciences APA
Social Work APA
Sociology ASA
Speech-Language Pathology APA
Sport Management APA
Theatre MLA or Chicago (Notes-Bibliography)