Quick Guides to Reference Styles

This section contains introductory guides to some common reference styles.

Writers themselves seldom choose which reference style to use; students need to comply with the guidelines issued by their departments and those who write for publication will have to follow the publisher's guidelines.

The AWELU guides to specific reference styles cover some of the main reference systems. For more detailed and discipline-specific information, writers will need to consult the style manual of the specific reference style.

It should also be noted that departments and publishers often adapt reference styles and that guidelines therefore do differ in some respects.