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Style Guide Selection

What should you use?  Ask your instructor!  Usually the instructor will provide specific directions concerning reference format and other research paper style issues.  This section of the Ethnography guide provides information on two style formats commonly used by anthropologists.

AAA (American Anthropological Association) Style

American Anthropological Association (AAA) Style Guide (2009)
The Assocation uses these style guides as the basis for its own: The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003); The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing (New York: Lippincott and Crowell, 1980); Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2006); MLA Style Manual (2nd edition, 1998); and United States Government Printing Office . This site provides a link to an outline of style rules followed in the editing of AAA journals.  [NOTE: The SLU Libraries provide online access to The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition; 2003 AND 16th edition; 2010); access follows database guidelines.]

Anthropology Citation Guidelines (Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis)
Tips summary for students.

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author.
Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010 (Request at Level 1 Information Services Desk)
Online tutorial from the APA.