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Use a Style Manual

Check with your instructor for the style you should use when documenting your sources in a paper (footnotes, bibliography, etc.). If no one style is preferred, choose one style and be consistent in your documentation. Most libraries have several of the most frequently used style manuals, such as tt frequently used style manuals, such as the MLA Style Manual, Chicago Manual of Style, and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations for you to consult. Most style manuals include a section on citing electronic resources. Ask at your library's reference desk or use the World-Wide-Web to see some style manuals. 

Selected Online Resources: Style Guides (ODU)
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    Contact:  Karen Vaughan  kvaughan@odu.edu
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