OWL logo
General WritingResearch and CitationTeaching and TutoringSubject-Specific WritingJob Search WritingESL
OWL at Purdue Logo

This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom.

Complete Discipline Listing


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: 2018-03-28 07:14:34


The American Anthropological Association uses the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.


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.


American Chemical Society. The ACS Style Guide A Manual for Authors and Editors. 2nd ed. Washington, DC American Chemical Society, 1997.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Linguistic Society of America. LSA Bulletin, December issue (annually).

Linguistics publications generally follow the APA (American Psychological Association) format.


American Mathematical Society. A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers. 8th ed. Providence: American Mathematical Society, 1990.


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


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


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.


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

Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.