MLA-style documentation is used primarily for research papers in liberal arts and other humanities courses. Guidelines are published in the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
APA Style consists of guidelines published within the 6th edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. At Dalton State, instructors in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and School of Business Administration may require students to use the APA style for various types of assignments.
Turabian style is most often used for courses in the literature, arts, and history. It is based on two systems of documentation:
Notes-Bibliography style (Bibliography style)
Parenthetical citations-Reference list style (Reference List style)
Chicago Style citations fall into two categories:
The Humanities system includes notes followed by a bibliography. The Humanities system is used for subjects such as literature, arts and history.
The Author-Date system includes an in-text citation followed by a References page(s). The author-date system is used for subjects such as physical, natural and social sciences.
The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers: Scientific Style and Format(7th ed.) describes three systems of documentation: the citation-sequence system, the name-year system, and the citation-name system.