There are many citation styles. This guide is based on the « Chicago style », one of the more commonly used. We can only give the broad outlines of the system; for all specific cases, please refer to the paper or online version of the Chicago Manual of Style:
Chicago Manual of Style Online
Law students should use specific legal styles. Our Legal Citation guide gives the main features of 3 of them.
Some computer programmes, called citation managers, allow to automate the citation process, and have become very efficient. See our Citation Manager Software guide and our Zotero guide to learn how to use them. Zotero training sessions are regularly organised at the Graduate Institute.
The Chicago Style consists of two different systems: