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Publications Handbook and Style Manual (American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America)
Used for materials submitted for publication by ASA-CSSA-SSSA.


AAA Style Guide (American Anthropological Association)
Used for AAA publications, this guide follows Chicago style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.


Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (Council of Science Editors), 7th ed. 2006. (Index and table of contents available at CSE website.)
Covers all scientific disciplines except for technological fields not closely related to experimental and observational science.

Online Guides to Council of Science Editors (CSE) style:


The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information [ebook] (American Chemical Society), 3rd ed. 2006. Print copy also available at QD8.5 .A25 2006 Science Library.

Online Guides to ACS:

English Language and Literature

See MLA Style Guide


Publishing in ASCE Journals: A Guide for Authors [ebook] (American Society of Civil Engineers)

IEEE Standards Style Manual [PDF] (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Guidelines for publication of IEEE standards. (See also "How are Standards Written?")


Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide. Shelved at GA108.7 .C55 1992 Main Library

Government Publications

Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications (University of Memphis)

DocsCite - Citation generator for APA or MLA (Arizona State University Libraries)

Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA Style (University of Nevada-Reno Libraries)


The following guides generally follow Chicago style or Turabian.


Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 2013. AP style and some background on free speech and libel laws. Shelved at PN4783 .A83 2013 Main Ref

The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage. Rev. exp. ed. 1999. Shelved at PN4783 .N49 1999 Main Ref

Legal Writing

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Peter Martin, Cornell University Law School) - based on the AWLD Citation Manual, 5th ed., and the Bluebook, 19th ed.


Linguistic Society of America


AMS Journals (American Mathematical Society) - general information for journal authors


AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (American Medical Association), 10th ed. 2007. Shelved at WZ 345 A511m 2007 AHSL Info Desk and AHSL-Phoenix Ref (9th ed. at R119 .A533 1998 Science Library).

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (National Library of Medicine), 2nd ed. 2007. 


ASM Style Manual for Journals and Books (American Society for Microbiology), 1991. Shelved at QR11 .A44 1991 Science Library


Helm, E. Eugene. Words & Music: Form and Procedure in Theses, Dissertations, Research Papers, Book Reports, Programs, Theses in Composition. Rev. ed. 1982. Shelved at ML3797 .H49 1982 Fine Arts Ref

Holoman, D. Kern. Writing about Music: A Style Sheet [ebook]. 3rd ed. 2014

Irvine, Demar. Irvine's Writing about Music. 3rd ed. 1999. Shelved at ML3797 .I79 1999 Fine Arts Ref

Citing Music Sources in Your Essay and Bibliography (Western University)


AIP Publishing’s Author Resource Center (American Institute of Physics)

AIP Style Manual (American Institute of Physics), 4th ed. 1990. Shelved at QC5.45 .A45 1990 Science Ref.
The AIP Style Manual serves as guidance in writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication by AIP and its member societies (in conjunction with the "Information for Contributors" page in the specific member journal). The Addendum includes instructions for electronic submission and a list of AIP member journals.

American Physical Society journals

Political Science

APSA Documentation (American Political Science Association) - from the University of Wisconsin-Madison


See APA Style Guide (American Psychological Association)

Science (General)

See CSE Style under Biology


ASA Style Guide (American Sociological Association), 3rd ed. 2007. Shelved at HM569 .A54 2007 Main Ref

Online Guides to ASA:


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