There are several standard citation styles developed and updated by academic associations. The most popular are: APA style, MLA and Chicago manual. Discuss with your thesis supervisor which one you should use. It is not important what particular citation style you select, it is imperative that you are consistent using it.
The APA standard is frequently used by writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences. APA style is employed in theoretical papers, methodological articles, literature reviews, etc. The latest 6 th edition was published in July 2009.
MLA is an accepted format used for references by many researchers in the field of linguistics and literary studies.
A good guide for publishers, writers and editors. The manual is published by the University of Chicago Press.
Using APA Style when writing your paper: some tips and suggestions.
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work. Location: Publisher. For example: Wallace, M.J. (1998). Action research for language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of work. Location: Publisher For example: Bailey, K., Curtis, A. & Nunan, N. (2001). Pursuing professional development: The self as source. Boston: Heinle and Heinle.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher For example: Murphey, T. (2000). Becoming contributing professionals: Nonnative-English-speaking teachers in an EFL environment. In K. E. Johnson (Ed.), Teacher education (pp.105–118). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Journal Title, Volume number, pages. For example: Farrell, T. (2003). Reflective teaching: The principles and practices. English Teaching Forum, 41 (4), 14–21.
A free tutorial how to structure and format one’s work, how to cite references, etc. is available on http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/bas ics-tutorial.aspx http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/bas ics-tutorial.aspx You can also find good advice on the site of Concordia University Libraries http://library.concordia.ca/ At Citation and Style Guides page http://library.concordia.ca/help/howto/cita tions.html http://library.concordia.ca/help/howto/cita tions.html