Style Guides

What is a Style Guide?

Style Guides (also called a Manual of Style) define the standards and protocols for writing, formatting, and designing documents. Guides typically include sections on how to format footnotes, endnotes, and parenthetical citations; bibliographies; and punctuation, page formatting, and other elements of language and writing.

What citation style should I use?

Use the Style Guides most commonly used by your discipline. If you are unsure of which style to use, ask your instructor.

  • Arts – Chicago notes and bibliography system or Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • Biology – Council of Science Editors (CSE)
  • Chemistry – American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • History – Chicago notes and bibliography system
  • Humanities – Chicago notes and bibliography system or Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • Literature – Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • Psychology – American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Social Sciences - American Psychological Association (APA) or Chicago author-date system

ACS: American Chemical Society

APA: American Psychological Association

ASA - American Sociological Association

CMS - Chicago Manual of Style

CSE - Council of Science Editors

MLA - Modern Language Association

NLM - National Library of Medicine