Appendix 1. Recommended Citation Guides and Websites


Last updated December 16, 2019

The websites below are a selection of commonly used guides recommended and reviewed by AskAway local coordinators and service providers.

If you would like to recommend a guide not listed below, please contact the AskAway Admin Centre.

***Note about APA Style: The 7th edition of APA Style was released in early October 2019. Some of the guides below may use the new 7th edition and some may still use the 6th edition. Links will be updated as necessary as guides are updated for the new edition. If you notice any outdated or broken links, please contact the Admin Centre.

General Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Massey University New Zealand OWLL (not to be confused with Purdue OWL)

Fairfield University Citation Guides

  • Includes guides for APA, MLA, and Chicago style (notes-bibliography, author-date)
  • Organized by resource type (e.g. book) and then sub-type (e.g. book with two authors)
  • Includes examples for reference list and in-text citations

Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

NorQuest College Library has noted that the formal APA and MLA style guides do not have a format for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, so they have developed the following citation styles in the spirit of wahkôhtowin and reconciliation. Thank you to Lorisia MacLeod for developing the templates and allowing AskAway to share them.

APA Style

APA Style Blog 
Note: this link will take you to the new blog for the recently released 7th edition of APA Style. If you'd like to access the 6th edition blog, visit the blog archive.

  • The official APA Style Blog is a rich resource for tricky citation questions, especially less traditional types of resources such as websites and social media
  • If you don't find your answer in the blog itself, check the comments as editors will often reply to questions with more information

APA for Business Sources (from the Academic Business Librarians of BC)

  • Provides examples for how to cite various types of information and data in many business databases
  • See the About and Disclaimer pages for more information about the resource

Citing Business Sources: APA (from SFU Library)

Citing Canadian Government Documents: APA (from SFU Library)

  • Gives guidance on how to create citations for documents that do not have examples in the official guide
  • The Hansard Citation Guide for LiPaD Resources may also be helpful (from LiPaD at University of Toronto)

APA In-Text Citations (from KPU Library)

How to Read an APA Reference (from Douglas College Library)

  • Helpful for students who are new to citation (for example, international students)

Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style: Quick Guide

MLA Style

MLA Works Cited: A Quick Guide

Harvard Style

Mendeley's Harvard Format Citation Guide