Advanced Research in the Sciences: Style/Citation Manuals

Style/Citation Manuals

Style Manuals

Print resources are available in the Knowledge Commons (Level 2) of the Marriott Library

Many instructors require students to create citations for a bibliographies and to write and format a paper according to a particular style.  The most popular style guides are APA, Chicago, and MLA style.  Other style guides include:

  • A Handbook for Thesis and Dissertations Published by the Graduate School of the University of Utah
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers by Kate L. Turabian (Print) On order
  • ACS Style Guide (Print) QD 8.5 A25 2006
  • AIP Style Manual American Institute of Physics
    • (Print) QC 5. 45 A45 1990
  • AMA Manual of Style (Print) R 110. A53 3 2007
  • The Associated Press Stylebook 2008 (Print)  PN 4783. A82 2008
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Print) KF 245. U55 2005
  • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (Print) T 11. S386

MLA Style

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Print)

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing

Although the complete MLA style manual is not available online, many organizations and idividuals have created Web sites with helpful information about the MLA style.  Below are several of the best.  Note that the third links include a sample paper in MLA style

Chicago Style


Bibliographic Management Software (EndNote, EndNote Web, NoodleTools, Zotero and Mendeley)

EndNote, EndNote Basic, and Zotero are bibliographic management programs that help you manage, store, and organize references.

EndNote remains the favored, time-saving solution for organizing references and creating instant bibliographies.

  • Significant learning curve
  • If you are a scholar or aspiring scholar you should invest the time now in order to save time and headaches later
  • You may purchase Endnote X.7 from the Office of Software Licensing (You may want to use both EndNote  and EndNote Basic)
  • See EndNote guide

EndNote Basic (formerly known as EndNote Web) is free for U of U students, staff, and faculty.

NoodleTools is free for U of U students, staff, and faculty.

  • Easy to Use
  • Undergraduate student focus
  • Self-guided tool that teaches how to properly document sources in MLA, APA or Chicago/Turabian
  • Produces a fully formatted Works Cited/References page
  • See NoodleTools User Guide

Zotero (Standalone and Firefox plug-in)

  • Freely available
  • Easy to import citations from Usearch, many library databases, and many websites
  • Can import dozens of citations at a time from Google Scholar
  • Compatible with EndNote Basic and Mendeley
  • See Zotero guide


  • Freely available
  • Can import citations from many library databases and webpages
  • Can share citations through groups feature
  • See Mendeley guide
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