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Writing & Citation Style Guides: Home

This is a guide to citation styles resources at Alkek and beyond.

Getting Started

Welcome to Alkek Library's Research Guide for Writing Style Guides. Use the tabs above to navigate to resources on specific citation styles.

  • Purdue OWL is a good online resource to help get you started and addresses MLA and APA citation styles.
  • Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College and Bedford/St. Martin's also has several different citation styles organized by disciplines and then writing style.
  • Print copies of the APAMLA, and Turabian style manuals are kept at the Research & Information desk on the 2nd floor for quick reference.  

Getting More Help...

If you have specific questions about citing your sources, writing tips, or help with editing, you can go to the following places on campus for more assistance.

Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Get in-person tutoring at the Student Learning Assistance Center, or SLAC, located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library. Check the website for hours and availability. SLAC also maintains a good handout page for quick reference.


Texas State University Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of ASB North. You can get help with all types of writing, including papers, essays, and resumes. The Writing Center  offers in-person and online tutoring (check their website for more information).  Round Rock patrons can seek assistance from the Round Rock Writing Center.

Ask a Librarian

Use the Ask a Librarian service for questions about library resources, research assignments or other information. We offer chat and text, or you can email your question.

You may also make an online or face-to-face appointment with a subject librarian. Learn more about individual research consultations.


Request a TexShare card through this request form or sign up at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the main floor.

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current Texas State students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for 1 long semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" placed on their records. This will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Circulation/Reserve Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email.

What style do I need to use?


  • AMA is used in medicine and related disciplines.
  • ASA is used in sociology.
  • APA is used in psychology, education, and other social sciences.
  • APSA is used in political science and related disciplines.
  • Bluebook is used for law and legal citations.
  • MLA is used in English, art, literature, and the humanities.
  • Turabian/Chicago is used for history, the arts, and many other disciplines.
  • IEEE is used in engineering and other related disciplines.

For more information, you can consult the discipline/style guide listing page from Purdue OWL here.

If you are unsure which citation style to use, ask your professor.

Citation Management Tools

Consider using a citation manager instead of typing bibliographies and in-line citations by hand.  It will save you time.

RefWorks and EndNote are citation managers available to the campus community via the Library website that lets you:

  • export citation information from databases
  • import information from other sources
  • organize and generate works cited pages and bibliographies in a variety of styles
  • create in-line (or parenthetical) citations in your paper.

The Library offers RefWorks workshops and EndNote workshops throughout the semester.

Database Citation Generators

Some databases have a built in citation generator that you can access from the text or citation of an article.  Be sure to double check using your style manual or SLAC handout.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.

Use the online Interlibrary Loan request system ILLiad to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.

Depending on the type of item you're requesting, turnaround times vary—to be safe, plan to wait a few business days for an article and at least a week for a book.

If you need help with making an ILL request or have questions about the process, call the ILL office at 512.245.4893.