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Style Manuals & Writing Guides on the Web and at WKU

Reference List Styles (A quick guide created by WKU Libraries based on Chicago Manual of Style, APA, and MLA)

Style Manuals on the Internet || APA || Chicago || MLA || Turabian | Vancouver || Other Style Formats 
|| Style Manuals in the Library || Writing Guides in the Library

The following are only some of the style manuals and writing guides available in Western Kentucky University's Libraries and on the Internet. Additional resources in WKU Libraries may be located by conducting a {Subject} search in TOPCAT, the catalog for WKU Libraries. The search terms to begin with are {Report writing--handbooks, manuals, etc.} for citation style manuals, and {english language--rhetoric} for compositional guidebooks. Additional resources on the Internet may be located by using an Internet search engine. Bear in mind that your professor will likely require a specific citation style for your documentation, such as the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian styles, among others.

Style Manuals on the Internet

The American Heritage® Book of English Usage The Book Review Tutor
The Citation Machine —This site allows you to enter information into a form and receive a proper citation in APA or MLA format. Cite Source (Trinity College) —This site covers APA, MLA, APSA, ACS, & Chicago styles. It also has links to resources on intellectual property, rights and licenses, and plagiarism.
The Columbia Guide to Online Style  
The Craft of Writing Dr. Grammar: Your Rx for Writing Ills
Dictionaries (Internet Public Library) Dictionary
The Elements of Style
(Strunk & White)
Guide to Grammar and Style
Dictionaries on the Web (Translating Dictionaries DictSearch (
Guide to Citing Electronic Materials (University of Calgary Department of History) History Essay Guide (University of Calgary)
(Based on the Chicago
Manual of Style)
The King's English
(the 1908 classic by H. W. Fowler, from Project Bartleby)
LEO: Literacy Education Online (St. Cloud State University)
LexisNexis Citation Wikis for
MLA, APA, and Turabian styles
and for legal citation formats
Library of Congress: Citing Electronic Sources
Online Dictionaries & Translators Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors Research and Documentation
From Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister

University of North Carolina Writing Center Handouts

The Writing Tutor Writers' Guild of America—Resources for Writers

APA Style

Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format
Citing Electronic Sources
(APA Style)
APA Style Guide 5th Edition Reference Lists
(University of Southern Mississippi)
APA In-Text (Parenthetical) Documentation
(St. Cloud State University)
APA Tutorial
(University of Southern Mississippi)
The Basics of APA  

Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide (Based on Chicago Style) Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide (Chicago Manual of Style/University of Chicago Press)

MLA Style

 Using Modern Language Association
(MLA) Format
(Purdue University)
 MLA Tutorial
(University of Southern Mississippi)
MLA Parenthetical Documentation
(University of Southern Mississippi)
MLA Works Cited
(University of Southern Mississippi)

Turabian Style

A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities
(based on Turabian)
Citing Electronic Information in History Papers (based on Turabian)
Reading, Writing and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students (based on Turabian)

Turabian: Notes
(Concordia University)

Turabian: Bibliography
(University of Southern Mississippi)

Vancouver Style (usually used in heath professions)

Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals
(Int'l Committee of Medical Journal Editors)
Vancouver Style
(University of Queensland)
Vancouver Referencing (Curtin University) Vancouver Referencing Guide (University of Western Australia)
Vancouver Style Tutorial
(Monash University)

Other Important Styles

 AMA Style Format Based on the American Medial Association Manual of Style, 9th ed., 1998 Basic Legal Citation
(Based on The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation)
Formatting in Sociology Harvard Style (University of Western Australia)
IEEE Computer Society Style Guide National Library of Medicine Style Compiled in conjunction with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Standard for Bibliographic Referencing 2005  Oxford Style (Deakin University)
United States Government Printing Office Style Manual  

Style Manuals in the WKU Libraries

Title and Publication Information Library Location Library of Congress Call Number
American Medical Association manual of style: a guide for authors and editors. 9th ed., 1998. Reference Desk R119 .A533 1998
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation,17th ed. (Legal Citation) Reference Desk KF245 .U54x 17th 2000
The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. Reference Desk Z253 .U69 1993
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers,Theses, and Dissertations, (Turabian). 6th ed. Reference Desk LB2369 .T8 1996
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th ed. Reference Desk LB2369 .G53 1999
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed. Reference Desk BF76.7 .P83 2001

Writing Guides in the WKU Libraries

Title and Publication Information Library Location Library of Congress Call Number
Chalker, Sylvia. The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar. New York: Clarendon, 1994. Reference PE1097 .C47 1994
Collins, Donald E. Libraries and Research: A Practical Approach. 3rd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall, 1994. Main Library Z710 .C63x 1994
Feierman, Joanne. ActionGrammar: Fast, No-Hassle Answers on Everyday Usage and Punctuation. New York: Fireside, 1995. Reference PE1112 .F395 1995
Fowler, H. W. The New Fowler's Modern English Usage. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Reference PE1628 .F65 1996
Frank, Marcella. Modern English: A Practical Reference Guide. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents, 1993. Main Library PE1106 .F69 1993
Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. New York: Pantheon, 1993. Reference PE1112 .G578 1993
Gregorich, Barbara. Writing for the Educational Market. Portland, ME: Walch, 1990. Main Library PN161 .G7 1990
Harris, Muriel. Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice, 1994. Main Library PE1112 .H293 1994
Huddleston, Rodney D. English Grammar: An Outline. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Main Library PE1106 .H76 1988
Hurford, James R. Grammar: A Student's Guide. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Reference PE1112 .H857 1994
Jacobs, Roderick A. English Syntax: A Grammar for English Language Professionals. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Main Library PE1365 .J33 1995
Kessler, Lauren. When Words Collide: A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style. 4th ed. Belmont: Wadworth, 1996. Main Library PE1112 .K435 1996
Partridge, Eric. Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English. New York: Norton, 1995. Reference PE1460 .P17 1995x
Petrowski, Mary Jane. Research Guide: Introduction to Library and Information Skills. Champaign, IL: Stipes, 1993. Main Library Z710 .P497x 1993
Shertzer, Margaret D. The Elements of Grammar. New York: Collier, 1986. Glasgow Library Reference PE1112 .S54 1986
Sorenson, Sharon. Webster's New World Student Writing Handbook. New York: Webster's New World, 1988. Reference PE1408 .S6577 1988
Strunk, William. The Elements of Style. 3d ed. New York: Macmillan, 1979. Main Library PE1408 .S772 1979
Van Leunen, Mary-Claire. A Handbook for Scholars. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Reference PN146 .V36 1992
Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1989. Reference PE1460 .W425 1989
Weiner, E.S.C. The Oxford Guide to English Usage. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Reference PE1460 .W435 1994

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