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Complete Discipline Listing

Summary:

This handout provides an exhaustive list of style guide information for documenting sources in different disciplines. The handout is organized by discipline and includes both a link to the main organizational website and also a link for an online guide to using that style.

Anthropology

The American Anthropological Association uses the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Biology

Council of Science Editors. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 8th ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2014.

Chicago Style (used in many disciplines)

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Chemistry

Coghill, Anne and Garson, Lorrin, eds. The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. 3rd ed. Washington, DC American Chemical Society, 2006.

English (and some disciplines in the humanities)

Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook. 8th ed. New York: 
The Modern Language Association, 2016.

Engineering

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE Editorial Style Manual. Piscataway, New Jersey: IEEE Periodicals, 2017.

For usage issues not addressed in IEEE manual: The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Geology

Bates, Robert L., Rex Buchanan, and Marla Adkins-Heljeson, eds. Geowriting: A Guide to Writing, Editing, and Printing in Earth Science. 5th ed. Alexandria: Amer. Geological Inst., 1995.

United States Geological Survey. Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey. 7th ed. Washington: GPO, 1991.

Government

Gapner, Diane L., and Diane H. Smith. The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Writers and Librarians. Rev. ed. Bethesda: Congressional Information Service, 1993.

History

Gray, Wood. Historian's Handbook: A Key to the Study and Writing of History. 2nd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

Most historians use either Chicago style or Turabian style.

Information Sciences and Computer Science

American National Standard for Information Sciences. Scientific and Technical Reports: Organization, Preparation, and Production. New York: ANSI, 1987.

The IEEE Computer society prefers the Chicago Manual of Style.

Journalism

The Associated Press Stylebook. New York. NY: Basic Books, 2018.

Law and Legal Studies

The Bluebook: A uniform System of Citation. 20thed. Cambridge: Harvard Law Review Association, 2015.

Linguistics

Linguistic Society of America. LSA Bulletin, December issue (annually).

Linguistics publications generally follow the APA (American Psychological Association) format.

Mathematics

American Mathematical Society. A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers. 8th ed. Providence: American Mathematical Society, 1990.

Management

The AMA Handbook of Business Writing. New York: AMACOM, 2010.

Medicine

American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. Oxford: Oxford U P, 2007.

Physics

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

Psychology (and other social sciences)

American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington: American Psychological Association, 2009.

Political Science

American Political Science Association Committee on Publications. APSA Style Manual for Political Science. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association, 2006.

This guide asks writers to use certain elements of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (see above).

Sociology

American Sociological Association. ASA Style Guide. 5thed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, 2014.

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