Introduction to Documentation Styles
Necessities in Academics: An Educational Guide to Documentation Styles
(suggested by Bethany from Amorita Charter School)
American Anthropological Association
– This style is a based on the 15th edition of the
Chicago Manual of Style.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
– The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, offers a complete template for Aeronautical Engineering students and faculty; it is very straightforward, and it allows you to simply cut and past your information into the template.
American Institute of Physics Style Manual, Fourth Edition
American Medical Association (AMA)
provides at-a-glance help with sample bibliographic references of a certain type. For example, if one wanted to know how to cite an article from a website, an example is provided.
American Political Science Association (APSA)
– A useful step-by-step guide to documentation from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Very good for beginners.
– An online edition of the whole APSA style manual.
APA (American Psychological Association)
– This site provides a concise overview of APA style and formatting along with basic citation guidelines in an easy to navigate format. The page opens with an index that moves the user around easily.
– From the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this site is well-organized, easy to navigate, and very informative.
- A tutorial on how to use APA style at the official site of the style guide, with a free course on the 6th edition of APA.
American Sociological Association (ASA)
– A quick references to ASA style with a link to purchase the official style guide.
– The University Library at California State, Los Angeles, has a short guide to ASA style.
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
AP (Associated Press)
– The basics of AP style, used by journalists.
– AP style compliant terms for disabilities, from the National Center of Disability and Journalism.
Association for Computing Machinery
Biomedicine, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Vancouver style)
is the official site for the Uniform Requirements.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
“Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation” at
is a brief but useful cribsheet of Chicago style.
–The Purdue Online Writing Lab's short guide to CMS is easy to use and readable
Council of Science Editors (CSE) (formerly Council of Biology Editors/CBE)
– A short guide from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
– Scientific Style and Format Citation Quick Guide, 8th edition from the
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
– Instructions for authors for Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs
Entomological Society of America (ESA)
Annals of the ESA
Journal of Economic Entomology
Journal of Medical Entomology
IEEE (IEEE Computer Society)
– the official online version of
IEEE Standards Style Manual
provided by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Be sure and read “About this Online Version” at the top of the page.
– IEEE Computer Society provides a short version of how to reference using the IEEE style.
– Carleton College also provides a condensed version if you need a quick refresher on how to create citations in IEEE.
Journal of International Business
MLA (Modern Language Association)
– The UWC's
MLA Format: A Quick Guide
will get you started.
– Detailed information on how to document using MLA. Site begins with the basic MLA paper format, explains how to create internal citations, create a works cited list, as well as notes.
– This site works well for quick reference since entries are separately linked.
– Owners of the seventh edition of the
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
can use a code in the book to create an account and access the entire guide in a searchable format. Additional resources, such as comprehensive steps to several writing projects, provide additional material to owners.
Rangeland Ecology Management (REM)
– Rangeland Ecology Management (REM) Guidelines for Authors – provides the basics.
Society for American Archeology
– Explains the difference between, and gives examples of, footnotes and bibliography entries in pdf format.
– Gives step by step instructions for formatting a paper when using Turabian along with examples of footnotes and bibliography entries