Writing Style Guides

What is a writing style guide?
A writing style guide provides a writer with guidelines to follow for setting up a document both with in-text and reference page citations. The guidelines can be general to specific depending on what style guide you are using. Typically, there are different recommended style guides for different fields or disciplines of study.

APA Style-American Psychological Association
APA style is most often used in the discipline of social science.

Owl at Purdue-APA
Produced by Purdue University, the Owl at Purdue APA style guide demonstrates proper formatting for in-text and reference page citations for the sciences.
APA Web Site
The Official American Psychological Association site includes frequently asked questions, guidelines for electronic media and print resource citations.

MLA Style-Modern Language Association
MLA is most often used in the liberal arts and humanities disciplines.

Owl at Purdue-MLA
Produced by Purdue University, this resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Cornell University Library-MLA Citation Guide

Produced by Cornell University Library, this site provides examples of in-text citations and works cited citations for MLA formatting.

Chicago Manual of Style
Chicago style citation is often used in the humanities and it assists writers with using end notes, footnotes, and bibliography citations.

Owl at Purdue-Chicago Manual of Style
Produced by Purdue University,these resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
Chicago Manual of Style-Online Edition
Online edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Legal Citation Guides
When referencing a court case or legal document there are specific abbreviations and punctuations that must be used in order for the citation to be correct.

Legal Blue Book 
“In a diverse and rapidly changing legal profession, The Bluebook continues to provide a systematic method by which members of the profession communicate important information to one another about the sources and legal authorities upon which they rely in their work.”
Cornell Law Library-Intro to Basic Legal Citation 

Peter W. Martin profiles the use of the Harvard Bluebook, the standard legal citationform guide for law reviews and federal courts.

Automatic Citation Generator
Easy Bib-Free Bibliography Maker
Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.

BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you.