How to Cite a Study

If you are looking to cite a study as a source for your research paper, begin with the citation style your professor requires you to use. If you are writing a paper for the social or natural sciences, you will probably use the American Psychological Association style, or APA. The Modern Language Association style is usually required for research papers in the humanities. Sometimes, an instructor prefers Chicago style, which follows the citation guidelines in "The Chicago Manual of Style." Once you know the required format, construct your citations accordingly. As long as you have the proper format, you will be able to cite case studies correctly.

Cite your study in APA style by starting with the author's name or authors' names inverted. Follow the name with the date in parentheses and a period. List the title followed by a period. Then add the city and the publisher, separated by a colon. Double space following the colon.

Hall, James (2004). DNA Structures. Atlanta: Center for Disease Control Publications.

Construct your citation for MLA by listing the author's name (inverted) first, the name of the study second, followed by the city of publication and the publisher's name. Separate the city and the publisher with a colon with the mandatory double space after the colon. Include the year and, if available, the type of publication.

Hall, James. DNA Structures. Atlanta: Center for Disease Control Publications, 2004. Print.

For Chicago style, put the author's name (inverted) first. Unlike MLA or APA, Chicago requires that the title's name be written in italics. Follow the title with a period. List the city followed by a colon, the publisher's name, a comma and the year published.

Hall, James. DNA Structures [italics]. Atlanta: Center for Disease Control Publications, 2004.

  • For clarification, you can include the words "Case study" after the title. For MLA and Chicago style, add a period after the two words. Enclose the words in brackets for APA style.
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