As you synthesize your research and begin to craft your own argument, it's important to keep track of your sources and cite them according to a standard format. Citing your sources:
MLA and Chicago are the citation formats most commonly used by literary scholars. No matter what format you choose, it's important to be clear and consistent in documenting your sources. Being careless with your citations can leave you vulnerable to accusations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism.
The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing provides detailed instructions for using the MLA style and citation format. Available in print only.
The online Chicago Manual of Style contains the full-text of the most recent (17th). Click on Search button upper right of screen for links to Table of Contents and full-text of each chapter.
Purdue OWL: Research and Citation Resources provides extensive online instructional materials about all aspects of academic research and writing. The Citation Resources page provides convenient introductions to the APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles.