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Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Design: Research and Writing

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Citation Style Guides

When writing an academic paper, research used to support claims must be cited properly, both in the text and in a Works Cited or Bibliography page. 

Your professor may assign a particular style guide for you to use or they may let you choose.  

Below are the most commonly used styles in interdisciplinary fields and STEM fields as well as links to related organizations..

APA--American Psychological Association 6th ed. (2010)

CMS--Chicago Manual of Style 17th ed. (2017)

MLA--Modern Language Association 8th ed. (2016)


Citation Guidelines from Professional Organizations

Quick Tip!

Keep track of the sources you use so it will be easier for you to create the appropriate citations!

Research Strategies

Begin your research by following these steps:

1. Identify a broad research topic and gather general information

  • Books, reference books, websites

2. Evaluate your sources

3. Narrow your topic (what do you want to focus on within the broad research topic?)

4. Identify main concepts

5. List keywords and synonyms

6. Create a thesis statement

7. Collect data

  • Search in the library databases using your main concepts and keywords/synonyms

8. Evaluate your sources 

9. Begin writing your paper

10. Cite your sources