Many instructors require students to create citations for a bibliographies and to write and format a paper according to a particular style. The most common style in the social sciences is the APA style, created by the American Psychological Association.
NoodleTools (found through the Article Databases link). NoodleTools is a web application that helps students with all aspects of research project management: APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian documentation; annotated bibliographies; notecards; resource analysis; etc.
For formats not covered in NoodleTools or if your professor suggests, use the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue's site on APA style.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (print)
Several APA style manuals are available at the Knowledge Commons Desk to check out for one week. One copy is only available for use in the library.
Although the complete APA style manual is not available online, many organizations and idividuals have created Web sites with helpful information about the APA style. Below are several of the best. Note that the second and the last links include a sample paper in APA style.