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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.

Contributors:Dana Lynn Driscoll, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2014-03-28 09:36:28

A good general resource that compares various styles (and provides color-coded annotations) is Citation Style for Research Papers, provided by Long Island University.

Anthropology

The American Anthropological Association uses the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition, 2000).

Biology

Council of Biology Editors. CBE Style Manual: A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers in the Biological Sciences. Washington: American Chemical Society, 6th edition, 1994.

Chicago Style (used in many disciplines)

The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003.

Chemistry

American Chemical Society. The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors. Washington: American Chemical Society, 1986.

English (and some disciplines in the humanities)

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

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. 5th ed. New York: 
The Modern Language Association, 1995.

Engineering

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Information for IEEE Transactions and Journal Authors. New York: IEEE, 1989.

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, 2004.

Law and Legal Studies

The Bluebook : A Uniform System of Citation. 17th ed. Cambridge: Harvard Law Review Association, 2001.

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

American Management Association. The AMA Style Guide for Business Writing. New York : AMACOM,1996.

Medicine

American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style. 9th ed. Chicago: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1997.

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. 5th ed. Washington: American Psychological Association, 2001.

Political Science

American Political Science Association Committee on Publications. The Style Manual for Political Science. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association, 2002.

Sociology

American Sociological Association. ASA Style Guide. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, 1997.

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