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Academic Research: A Guide for International Students: Style Guides

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Style Manuals

Style Guides

What is a Style Guide?
A style guide is a set of standards for writing papers and using citations and references.  
Ask your professor which style to use.  
DU uses these major style guides:  

  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • MLA Handbook
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Turabian


The Writing Center
The Writing Center has quick guides for creating citations in MLA, APA, and The Chicago Manual of Style. The Writing Center will also be happy to meet with you and help you learn to use any of the style manuals commonly in use at DU.

University Libraries' Style Manuals and Citations Guide
This guide has information about each of the four style guides.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL): Writing in North American Higher Education: A Primer for International Students
This handout is an introduction to the basics of academic writing for non-native speakers of English, who are also new to American colleges and universities.

Harvard’s APA Exposed Online Tutorial Video and Slides:

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about APA Format but Were Afraid to Ask
This online tutorial goes over the basics of how to use the APA format and how to cite references. There are five modules. There are handouts and full transcripts available for each slide. We recommend printing out the handout and taking notes on them while you watch the video.

APA Exposed Video


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Research Center Desk
Visit our "Make an Appointment" page to schedule a research consultation with a reference librarian.

You can also get in touch with the Research Center Desk during our operating hours at (303) 871-2905.