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Citation Styles

How to Use This Section

This section highlights some of the style manuals used within science, technology and other disciplines which have disciplinary guides and manuals. In some cases, the sciences use one of the standard styles [e.g., Chicago, etc.], a style developed by a disciplinary association or organization [e.g., American Chemical Society, etc.], or they may rely on the guidelines established by journals in the discipline.  These guides vary greatly and could include everything from the size of margins to the use of correct nomenclature. Information that may be of use for student papers would be how to cite references, how to format the paper, and writing tips.

This page highlights some of the major citation styles but is not meant to be exhaustive. For additional information, consult the Library Guide created for the specific subject area you need. Subject librarians often insert style guide information in their subject guides.

Discipline-Specific Style Guides


American Chemical Society - ACS Style Guide

Aerospace Engineering

[American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics:] AIAA Author Resources

[American Institute of Physics:] AIP Style Manual (4th ed.)
also QC 5.45 .A45 1990 [Noble] Science Reference

[American Mathematical Society:] AMS Author Resource Center

[American Medical Association:] AMA Manual of Style

[American Physical Society:] APS Journals: Information for Authors

[American Society of Civil Engineers:] ASCE Resources for Authors

[American Society of Mechanical Engineering:] ASME Author Guidelines

[American Society for Microbiology:] ASM Style Manual for Journals and Books (1991)
QR 11 .A44x [Noble] Science Reserve

[American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America:] Publications Handbook and Style Manuall (2nd ed.)
S 494.5 .A96 P83 1998 [Noble] Science Reference

Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (42nd ed.)
PN 4783 .A83 Downtown Reference

[American Statistical Association]: ASA Style Guide

[Associated Schools of Construction]: ASC Journal Style Guide

[Associated Schools of Construction]: ASC Proceedings Style Guide

[Association for Computing Machinery]: ACM Journals Word Style Guide

[Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers:] IEEE Editorial Style Manual

Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide
GA 108.7 .C55x 1992 [Noble] Science Map Collection

Columbia Guide to Online Style (2nd ed.)
PN 171 .F56 W35 2006 Hayden Stacks & West Stacks

[Council of Biology Editors:] Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (7th ed.)
T 11 .S386 2006 [Noble] Science Reference

English for Journalists (20th anniversary ed., 2013)

English for Journalists (3rd ed.)
PE 1112 .H53 2007 Hayden Stacks

Health Professionals Stylebook: Putting Your Language to Work (2nd ed., 2007)

Health Professionals Stylebook: Putting Your Language to Work (2nd ed.)
R 119 .F66 2007 Downtown Stacks

New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (Rev. and expanded ed.)
PN 4783 .N49 1999 Hayden Stacks
PN 4783 .N49 1999b [Fletcher] West Stacks

Patents and Trademarks Style Manual
T 223 .K6 U56x 1984 [Noble] Science Reference

Writer's Guide to Periodicals in Earth Science (2nd ed.)
QE 48.85 .W743x 1986 [Noble] Science Reference