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

Citation Fox

Citation Fox, from the University at Albany, offers numerous examples of citations for a variety of source types.

APA Citation Fox
MLA Citation Fox

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, Sixth 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.

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. 10th Edition.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

A fully searchable online version of the 15th and 16th 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

A list of general and discipline-specific style manuals, including call numbers, is provided below.

General Style Guides and Manuals

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2010.
BF76.7 P83 2010
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: for Authors, Editors, and Copywriters. 13th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1982.
Z253 .U69 1982
Cowles Reference

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

The Chicago manual of style. 15th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Z253 .U69 2003 (also available online)
Cowles Reference

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

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. 2nd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1998.
PN147 .G444 1998
Cowles Reference and Law

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
Law Reserve

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. 10th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2007.
R119 .A533 2007 (also available online)
Cowles Reference

Associated Press. The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law: With Internet Guide and Glossary. Norm Goldstein, ed. (New Ed.). Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub., 2002.
PN4783 .A83 2002
Cowles Stacks

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

Martin, Paul R. Guide to Business Style and Usage. New York: Simon & Schuster, c2002.
PN4783 .W26 2002
Cowles Reference

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 Reserve

Other Style Guides

Walker, Janice R. The Columbia Guide to Online Style. 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, c2006.
PN171 .F56 W35 2006
Cowles Reference


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