Departmental Style Guides

Required Departmental Style Manual or Journal Citation Method

The CSULB Format Manual ALWAYS takes precedence over a departmental style manual or journal citation method, if conflicts arise concerning format. Please be sure to use the most recent version of your citation style.

Note: Students using the APA citation style will be required to use 7th edition format beginning Fall 2020.

Department and Style Guide
Department Name Style Manual or Journal Citation Method
Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling American Psychological Association (APA)
Anthropology Chicago Manual of Style; Turabian Manual for Writers
Art
  • Art Education: American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Art History: Chicago Manual of Style; Turabian Manual for Writers
Asian/Asian-American Studies Modern Language Association (MLA); Turabian Manual for Writers
Biological Sciences American Psychological Association (APA)
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Notes Style Sheet; Turabian Manual for Writers; Chicago Manual of Style
Chemical Engineering Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: American Chemical Society (ACS); Turabian Manual for Writers
  • Biochemistry: Journal of Biological Chemistry; Turabian Manual for Writers
Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Turabian Manual for Writers
Communication Studies American Psychological Association (APA); Chicago Manual of Style; Turabian Manual for Writers; Modern Language Association (MLA)
Computer Engineering and Computer Science Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society; Turabian Manual for Writers
Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management, School of
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice: American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Emergency Management: American Psychological Association (APA)
Dance Turabian Manual for Writers
Education, Teacher American Psychological Association (APA)
Educational Leadership (master's level and doctoral level) American Psychological Association (APA)
Electrical Engineering Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Turabian Manual for Writers
Engineering, General Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Turabian Manual for Writers
English and Creative Writing Modern Language Association (MLA)
Family and Consumer Sciences American Psychological Association (APA)
Geography Annals of the Association of American Geographers (AAAG); Chicago Manual of Style; Turabian Manual for Writers
Geological Sciences Geological Society of America (GSA) Bulletin; Turabian Manual for Writers
Health Care Administration American Psychological Association (APA)
Heath Science American Psychological Association (APA)
History Chicago Manual of Style; Turabian Manual for Writers
Kinesiology American Psychological Association (APA)
Linguistics American Psychological Association (APA); Chicago Manual of Style; Modern Language Association (MLA)
Mathematics and Statistics Turabian Manual for Writers
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Nursing, School of American Psychological Association (APA)
Philosophy Philosophy Dept. format guide; American Psychological Association (APA); Chicago Manual of Style; Modern Language Association (MLA)
Physics and Astronomy Physical Review Style and Notation Guidelines; Turabian Manual for Writers
Political Science Turabian Manual for Writers
Psychology American Psychological Association (APA)
Recreation and Leisure Studies American Psychological Association (APA)
Religious Studies Chicago Manual of Style; Modern Language Association (MLA) (with department approval)
Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literatures Modern Language Association (MLA); Turabian Manual for Writers
Science Education American Psychological Association (APA)
Social Work, School of American Psychological Association (APA)
Sociology American Psychological Association (APA); American Sociological Association (ASA)
Speech-Language Pathology American Psychological Association (APA)
Theatre Arts
  • M.F.A.: Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • M.B.A./M.F.A.: Turabian Manual for Writers