Style Manuals & Citation Guides for Scholarly Writing

Citation Managers

Citation managers, also called reference managers, are applications you can use to create personalized collections of citations from your research sources. You can import citations from research databases and websites, or enter them manually, and organize and edit the citations for your research projects.

We’ve created a guide to citation managers that lists several recommendations, along with a chart that compares their main features.


Other Online Citation Tools

Purdue OWL

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides resources on in-text citation and bibliographies, as well as sample papers and slide presentations.

APA Formatting and Style Guide
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Chicago Formatting and Style Guide

APA Style Blog

The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. It’s run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day. It publishes weekly posts about writing, publishing, and APA Style. Sixth Edition resources are also available.

AMA Manual of Style

In addition to the basics of grammar and citation, the American Medical Association Manual of Style leads writers through the maze of abbreviation, nomenclature, and quantitation. 11th Edition.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

A fully searchable online version of the 16th and 17th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style is available to current students and faculty.

NLM Style Guide (National Library of Medicine)

Electronic access to the 2nd edition of Citing Medicine is available from the National Library of Medicine.


Style Manuals

Here is a list of general and discipline-specific style manuals, including call numbers. You can also use this SuperSearch link to get a list of all books–both print and electronic–that match the subject “style manuals.”

General Style Guides and Manuals

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: the official guide to APA style. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2020.
BF76.7 P83 2020
Cowles Reference

—–. APA style guide to electronic references. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007.
PN171 .F56 A63 2007
Cowles Stacks

The Chicago manual of style. 16th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Z253 .U69 2010 (also available online)
Cowles Reference

The Chicago manual of style. 15th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Z253 .U69 2003
Law Library Stacks

The Chicago manual of style. 14th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Z253 .U69 1993
Law Library Stacks

The Chicago manual of style: for Authors, Editors, and Copywriters. 13th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1982.
Z253 .U69 1982
Law Library Stacks

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 2nd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
LB2369 .G53 2009
Cowles Reserve

MLA Style Guide Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Joseph Gibaldi, ed. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008.
PN147 .G444 2008
Cowles Reference and Law Reserve

MLA Style Guide Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Joseph Gibaldi, ed. 2nd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1998.
PN147 .G444 1998
Law Library Stacks

Discipline-specific Style Guides and Manuals

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. Anne M. Coghill, ed. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2006.
QD8.5 .A25 2006
Cowles Reference

AMA Manual of Style: a Guide for Authors and Editors. Cheryl Iverson, ed. 11th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2020.
R119 .A533 2020 (also available online)
Cowles Reference

Associated Press. The Associated Press Stylebook 2018 and Briefing on Media Law. Paula Froke, ed. (53rd ed.). New York, Basic Books, 2018.
PN4783 .A83 2018
Cowles Reserves

Knisely, Karin. A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer, c2009.
QH304 .K59 2009
Cowles Stacks

The Oxford Style Manual. R. M. Ritter, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
PE1421 .R58 2003
Cowles Reference

Reep, Diana C. The Educator’s Writing Handbook. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, c1999.
LB1033.5 .R44 1999
Cowles Stacks

Siegal, Allan M. and William G. Connolly. The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage. Rev. & expanded ed. New York: Times Books, c1999.
PN4783 .S57 1999
Cowles Stacks

Wilson, Kevin. AMA handbook of business writing: the ultimate guide to style, grammar, usage, punctuation, construction, and formatting. New York: American Management Association, 2010.
HF5726 .W55 2010
Cowles Stacks

Other Style Guides

Walker, Janice R. The Columbia Guide to Online Style. 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, c2006.
Available online