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Frequently Recommended Style Manuals

  • Note: A few of the databases will supply a formatted citation in a variety of styles. If you save a record in EBSCO it will ask you to choose a citation style and will create a citation in that style. Always check the citation against one of the guides below, because the automatic citations are not always 100% accurate.

  • Bibme: free citation manager Bibme Handout: from Texas A & M University Libraries
  • Bedford/St. Martin Documentation--includes MLA, APA, Chicago and CSE
  • APA Manual. BF 76.7 .P83. 2010 Available: Bookstacks, 7 Day Reserve, Reference Desk
    Chicago Manual of Style. Z 253 .U69 2003 Available: Bookstacks & 7 Day Reserve, Reference Desk
    Columbia Guide to Online Style. PN 171 .F56 W35 2006 Available: Reference Desk
    A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Kate Turabian. LB2369 .T8 2007 Available: Bookstacks, 7 Day Reserve, Reference Desk
    MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. LB 2369 .G53 2009 Available: Bookstacks, 7 Day Reserve, Reference Desk, MCOB Library Reference. Also if you own a copy of the new edition (7th) you can register an account using the activation code on the inside back cover and use the web site at http://mlahandbook.org
  • MLA 7th Edition Changes: A quick guide to changes in MLA style and an example bibliography compiled by Ellen Wilson.
  • MLA Update 2009: from the OWL at Purdue University. Includes examples.
  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab): Find info on Creating a Thesis Statement, Developing an Outline, Essay Writing, and more.
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Websites Featuring Style Information

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Discipline-Specific Style Information


Biology/Life Sciences

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  • AMA Style Guide for Business Writing. MCOB Ref. HF 5726 .A49 1996
    Gregg Reference Manual. Ref. PE1479.B87 S23 1992


Earth Science/Geology

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Government Resources

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Internet Online Databases and Other Electronic Resources

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  • The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Bookstacks PN 4783 .A83 2002
    Chicago Manual of Style Ref  Desk Z 253 .U69
    New York Times Manual of Style and Usage
    . Ref PN4783 .J6 1976
    UPI (United Press International) Stylebook. Ref PN 4783 .M47 1992
    Washington Post Deskbook on Style. Bookstacks PN 4783 .W35
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Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health


  • Writing About Music: A Stylebook for Reports and Theses . Bookstacks ML3797 .I79 1979
  • Notes Style Sheet: from the Music Library Association
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Political Science

  • APSA Style Manual for Political Science. From the American Political Science Association (APSA). Ref Desk JA 86.A52 2006
    Sample APSA citations.


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Technical Writing

  • Science and Technical Writing: A Manual of Style. Bookstacks T11 .S378 2001

Grammar Guides and Other Style Guides

  • Elements of Style. Strunk & White. Ref. PE 1408 .S772 2000
    Woe is I : the grammarphobe’s guide to better English in plain English: Bookstacks PE 1112 .O28 2003to top of page