A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents. Style guides are common for general and specialized use, for the general reading and writing audience, and for students and scholars of various academic disciplines, medicine, journalism, the law, government, business, and industry. The style guides listed here are meant for specific fields of study: Sciences, Social Sciences, & Humanities, etc. Make sure to check with your instructor which style guide you should be using for each course.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association (APA) Style is a set of guidelines used to format in-text citations and bibliographies. It is used most often for disciplines in the social sciences, including: anthropology, archaeology, business administration, criminology, development studies, economics, geography, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, and international relations.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS / CMOS)
The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS / CMOS) is a a set of style guidelines for American English published by the University of Chicago Press. These guidelines are used most often for writing and documentation of research in subjects in which multiple media types will need to be documented: classical studies, history, music history, musicology, and some areas of cultural studies.
Council of Science Editors (CSE)
The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is a a set of style guidelines for writing science based research papers. These guidelines are used in the natural & physical sciences: astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, mathematics, physics, & statistics, etc.
Modern Language Association (MLA)
The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is a set of guidelines used to format in-text citations and bibliographies. These guidelines are used most often for writing and documentation of research in the humanities, such as English literature and the study of other modern languages and literatures (including comparative literature, literary criticism, media studies, cultural studies, and related disciplines).
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