There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. Citation styles consist of formats and rules established and modified by institutions and associations of scholars in various academic disciplines. These are the citation formats followed by writers and publications in corresponding fields. For example:
MLA style is typically used by most disciplines in the Humanities
Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and Art
APA style is used by Education and Psychology
ACE or CSE are often used by the sciences.
Humanities and Social Sciences
APA (American Psychological Association) used in many social sciences · print copy · online
Chicago · print copy · online
see the Quick Guide for basic examples
see chapter 14 for the complete list of examples
Turabian (simplified Chicago style) · print copy · online used in humanities, social & natural sciences
MLA (Modern Language Association) used in literature & other humanities · print copy · online
ACE (Council of Science Editors) used in the sciences · print copy
ACS (American Chemical Society) · print copy · online
APA (American Psychological Association) used in the sciences & social sciences · print copy · online
Council of Science Editors · print copy · online
Additional Resources for Citing Specific Types of Publications
Citing Government Publications · print copy · online
Citing Music Sources · online
Turabian is essentially a simplified version of Chicago Style. Chicago/Turabian is a good choice for a general, all-purpose citation guide.
"Turabian" takes its name from Kate Turabian, the dissertation secretary at the University of Chicago for over 30 years who developed a guide for students and researchers writing papers, theses, and dissertations. This guide has evolved and has been revised many times, and, while based on the University of Chicago Press's Manual of Style, simplifies and departs from it in some aspects. Overall, "Turabian" synthesizes the rules most important for students' papers and other scholarly research not intended for publication, and omits some of the publishing details and options that "Chicago" provides, and presents some of the same material in a clearer manner.