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Library Resources for Graduate Students: Style Guides

This LibGuide was designed to introduce SU Graduate Students to Library Resources and Services available at John B. Cade Library

Commonly used Style Guides

Print Style Guides are available at the Ask Here Desk, on the 1st floor of the library.

Style Guides

A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for writing documents. Style guides will show you how to properly  use and prepare: in-text citations, footnotes & endnotes, and reference list.

Always consult with your instructor regarding which style guide to use when writing your research paper.


  • Footnote is a not of text placed at the bottom of a printed page, that adds a comment, citation, reference, etc., to a designated part of the main text.
  • Endnote is a style of citing that places a number in the body of the text. This number refers to a citation listed at the end of the text.
  • Block quotation (also known as a long quotation or exacts quote) is a quotation in a written document which is set off from the main text as a distinct paragraph (or block).
  • Signal phrase is a phrase that signals  to the reader that either a direct quote or a paraphrase  is about to follow.
  • Intellectual property is creative ideas and expressions of the human mind that have commercial value and receive the legal protection of a property right.
  • Copyright laws protect an original artistic or literary work.
  • Plagiarism is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowleding the source of information.
  • In-text citation is information provided about the source in the text of your research paper. Often, in-text citations include a signal phrase which  gives the author's name and a parenthetical reference, which can include the author's and the page number.

Complete List of Style Guides