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Style Guides and Manuals: Getting Started

This research guide helps you find style guides, style manuals and other citation tools, both online and on the shelf; and introduces you to citation management software sources.

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Chicago Manual of Style

The 15th and 16th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style are available online. The 16th edition includes:

  • Procedures for proofreading electronic documents;
  • Electronic-editing checklist;
  • Section on bias-free language;
  • Coverage of fair use and electronic rights;
  • Hyphenation guide;
  • introduction to Unicode, the international computing standard for letters and symbol;
  • Organizations that publish their own guidelines and standards online;
  • Uniform stylistic treatment of elements in the two major systems of documentation;
  • Advice on DOIs versus URLs;
  • Tips for citing blogs and podcasts;
  • Coverage of production processes, including an overview of electronic markup and XML;
  • Headings on numbered paragraphs and more cross-references.

A Quick Guide is also available.

American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual

Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

MLA Formatting and Style Guide, 7th edition
    The most current paper edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers can be found by searching for the titles in InfoKat.

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