Documentation Styles for Business


You’ve finished that big paper except for your in-text citations and bibliography.  Stuck on this final part and nervous you’ll get points off for not getting it right?  Here are some suggestions for getting you through…

  • Clarify the documentation style your professor would like you to use.  Usually,  APA, the style from the American Psychological Association, is preferred for business papers, but occasionally a professor may prefer you use The Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Paper, Theses, and Dissertations.  Clarify the preferred documentation style early on in the class, so you’re not left wondering at the last minute which style to use.
  • Get familiar with the OWL at Purdue Online Writing Lab site for APA style that provides clear explanations and examples of how to create in-text citations and ending bibliographic citations for your references page.  OWL also has a sample paper in APA style available to view.  This great resource also provides pages explaining how to use the MLA documentation style.
  • Discover the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s page on Citing Databases in APA.  This useful site provides sample citations for frequently used business databases such as IBIS Industry Market Research, Lexis-Nexis Academic, S&P NetAdvantage and the Wall Street Journal (via Proquest).  It also provides sample citations for Annual Reports and EDGAR reports, such as the annual 10-K report.
  • Know the people and hours of the Bryant University Writing Center.  This vital University support center can provide you with guidance on writing and documentation style.  Take advantage of this essential support network available to you as a Bryant University student!
  • Explore bibliographic websites and databases such as Zotero (use only with Firefox browser) or BibMe, two websites that let you store and manage citations, as well as quickly create your needed bibliography.  Son of Citation Machine is another useful site that will automatically create a source citation in a selected format by simply filling the source information in a standard form.

Follow these steps and you’ll be able to use your time analyzing and writing, not panicking over sources, citations, and styles!