The Chicago Manual of Style presents two basic documentation systems: (1) notes and bibliography and (2) author-date. Choosing between the two often depends on subject matter and the nature of sources cited, as each system is favored by different groups of scholars.
The notes and bibliography style is preferred by many in the humanities, including those in literature, history, and the arts. This style presents bibliographic information in notes and, often, a bibliography. It accommodates a variety of sources, including esoteric ones less appropriate to the author-date system.
Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. 2North Ref Z 253 .C57 2010
Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian), 8th ed. 2North Ref LB 2369 .T8 2013
MLA handbook for writers of research papers, 7th ed. 1st floor, User Services LB 2369 .G53 2009
MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing, 3rd ed. 2North Ref PN 147 .G444 2008
AP Associated Press stylebook and briefing on media law 2North Ref PN 4783 .A83 2005
Modern Language Association or MLA style is widely accepted in the humanities. This guide is based on the 3rd edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (PN 147 .G444 2008) and the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (LB 2369 .G53 2009).
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.