UCLA Extension does not have an institutional citation method preference and as a result instructor are able to use whichever citation method they prefer. However, there are citation methods that are commonly used within specific academic disciplines. Ultimately, as
- Humanities (English, Philosophy, Language, etc), Communications, – Primarily use MLA (Modern Language Association). Visit Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab excellent guide on using MLA
- Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Economics, etc), Education, Business Engineering – Primarily use APA (American Psychological Association) Visit Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab guide to using APA
- History, Theater, Business – Often use Chicago Manual of Style For more information visit Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab guide to using Chicago Style
This list is not exhaustive and does not cover all academic disciplines, nor does it cover all citation methods. Also, some academic disciplines may commonly use one or more citation method (i.e. Business writing can use MLA or Chicago style).
Ultimately, it is the decision of the instructor to determine which citation method they would like to use in their courses and for their assignments. Whichever citation method you choose to use, you should make sure to be consistent with your use of it.