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To insure consistency in their printed documents and even their Web sites many organizations, schools, and businesses use a style guide. A style guide is a set of guidelines that dictates things such as punctuation (quotation marks inside or outside a period), grammar, preferred spelling and capitalization (gray / grey or Web site / website), formatting of citations and other references, abbreviations (TX / Tex. or US / U.S.), and other matters related to both the readability and visual appearance of material.

A few established and widely used style guides include The Chicago Manual of Style (US), the Associated Press Stylebook (US), The Oxford Style Manual (UK), CP Stylebook (Canada), and many, many others. However, an organization may have an internal house style that includes issues not covered in most general-use style guides or that vary from these established guidelines.

In addition to some of the major style guides, certain fields have their own very specific style guides such as AMA (American Medical Association) or Bluebook (legal profession).

Writers and designers may be required to use spelling, formatting, and other style issues that vary from one client to the next depending on the style guide preferred by the customer.

Buy a Style Guide

Compare PricesThe Elements of Style (general public classic)
Compare PricesThe Chicago Manual of Style
Compare PricesPocket Guide to the Chicago Manual of Style
Compare PricesMLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing
Compare PricesA Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian)
Compare PricesNew York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage
Compare PricesThe Business Style Handbook
Compare PricesBusiness Grammar, Style & Usage
Compare PricesThe ACS Style Guide (scientific)
Compare PricesThe Redbook (legal)
Compare PricesThe Bluebook of Grammar and Punctuation
Compare PricesAMA Manual of Style (medical)
Compare PricesWriting the Research Paper (MLA & APA Styles)


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