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Common Documentation Styles and Manuals:


Different academic disciplines publish different style guidelines. Why so many guidelines? Different fields of study need different types of documentation, depending on several factors. Some publish large journals that allow for lengthy annotation, as is often the case in the discipline of history. Others are constrained by small space in the major publications. Some fields have many works in translation, and require special annotation for that. In some fields, books are more frequently referred than paperback journals or magazines. Some studies require nonstandard typographics (such as musical notation, Chinese ideographs, or visual designs). The result is that different editors suggest varying guidelines to best suit their needs. These are the most commonly used documentation styles as of June 2004 (the last time I updated this list). Find these manuals in the reference section of the library or ask an instructor within your field what is the most common format in that discipline. I would highly recommend purchasing whichever one is most pertinent to your studies.


American Institute of Physics. Style Manual for Guidance in the Preparation of Papers. 4th ed. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1990.

American Mathematical Society. A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers. Rev. ed. Providence: American Mathematical Society, 1990.

American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 4th ed. Washington: American Psychological Association, 1994.

Associated Press Staff. Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Reading: Addison, 1992.

Bates, Robert L., Rex Buchanan, and Marla Adkins-Heljeson, eds. Geowriting: A Guide to Writing, Editing, and Printing in Earth Science. 5th ed. Alexandria, VA: American Geological Institute, 1992.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Comp. editors of Columbia Law Review, et al. 15th ed. Cambridge: Harvard Law Review Association, 1991.

Chicago Editorial Staff. The Chicago Manual of Style. 14th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Council of Biology Editors. CBE Style Manual: A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers in the Biological Sciences. 5th ed. Bethesda, MD: Council of Biology Editors, 1983.

Dodd, Janet S. and the American Chemical Society. American Chemical Society Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors. 2nd ed. Washington: American Chemical Society Publishing, 1986. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: MLA, 2003.

Ferguson, Billy. U. P. I. Stylebook. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, 1992.

Holoman, D. Kern, ed. Writing About Music: A Style Sheet from the Editors of 19th-Century Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Linguistics Society of America. "LSA Style Sheet." Published in the December issue of the LSA Bulletin each year.

Lobban, Christopher S. Successful Lab Reports: A Manual for Science Students. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA. 1992.

MacDonald, R. H. A Broadcast News Manual. 2nd ed. New York: Longman, 1994.

Sides, Charles H. How to Write and Present Technical Information. 2nd ed. New York: Oryx, 1991.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 5th edition. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1987.

United States. Government Printing Office. Style Manual. Washington: GPO, 1984.

Wilson, John M. Complete Guide to Magazine Article Writing. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 1993.

 

 

 
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