There is no one style guide required for use in all CCA classes, instead you should use whichever style your instructor prefers (or choose one and stick with it). Below are a number of resources to help you provide proper citations in the MLA, CMS, or APA styles.
CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) for Humanities
The Visual Studies program requires the Chicago Manual of Style (for Humanities) for documentation of sources in all VS courses.
- Online: The Chicago Manual of Style Online (CCA only)
- Online: Diana Hacker Chicago citation guide
- Online: Purdue Owl Chicago Manual of Style guide
- In the library:The Chicago Manual of Style
MLA (Modern Language Association) Style
- Online: Diana Hacker MLA citation guide
- Online: Purdue Owl MLA citation guide
- In the library: MLA handbook for writers of research papers
- In the library: MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing
APA (American Psychological Association) Style
Other Citation Guides and Tools
- Online citation builder: KnightCite (Calvin College)
- In the library: A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker
- In the library: A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan Barnet
- In the library: Looking and Writing: a Guide for Art History Students by Marilyn Wyman
- In the library: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertation by Kate L. Turabian
- In the library: The Wadsworth Guide to Research (2010)
According to the CCA Integrity Code:
Plagiarism, or the intentional or knowing representation of words, images, concepts, or ideas of another as one's own in any academic or studio exercise...may result in academic and/or disciplinary sanctions up to and including failure of the course and dismissal from the college.
To avoid representing others' ideas as your own, then, you simply need to acknowledge your sources by correctly citing them.
Organizing your research
Bibliographic management software can help you save, organize, cite and share your research sources. Zotero is a free and easy-to-use tool which works with your browser to collect and organize your sources. Use their quick start video and guide to get started.