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Citation Styles and Plagiarism: Introduction

Get basic information on the major citation styles, plagiarism guidelines, and info on some of our citation softwares

General Information

This guide will help you with the basics of citation styles, teach you how to avoid plagiarism, and introduce you to some of the citation software programs available to you at TCU.  Navigate to the section you want by the tabs at the top of the page.

A few disclaimers:

  1. These are general guidelines only, created according to the formatting and citation styles recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style, the Modern Language Association (MLA), and various other discipline specific formatting and style guides.
  2. You should always defer to your supervising professor for what style to use for your project.

This guide was originally created by Ammie Harrison (, Humanities and Theater Librarian, and Robyn Reid (, Social Sciences Librarian, to help honors student format the writing parts of their honors projects.

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