Classicists tend to use the Chicago Manual of Style rules for citation, although publishers often have their own rules or variations on the standard. Turabian, a derivative of Chicago designed for undergraduate research, is also popular.
Classics uses a specialized method of citation. The proper format for citing classical texts:
[Author], [Title] [Book/Section.(Poem, if applicable)].[Line #s cited]
Homer, Iliad 18.141–143.
Sophocles, Antigone 904–922.
Cicero, First Catilinarian 14.2.
Abbreviations: Most classical authors and texts do have standard abbreviations that you may want to employ. These can be found in the Oxford Classical Dictionary.
The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers
are available in the Sprague Library. (see below)