List of style guides

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A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field. The implementation of a style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents. A set of standards for a specific organization is often known as "house style". Style guides are common for general and specialized use, for the general reading and writing audience, and for students and scholars of various academic disciplines, medicine, journalism, the law, government, business, and industry.


Several basic style guides for technical and scientific communication have been defined by international standards organizations. These are often used as elements of and refined in more specialized style guides that are specific to a subject, region or organization. Some examples are:



  • The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing: by Dundurn Press in co-operation with Public Works and the Government Services Canada Translation Bureau. ISBN 1-55002-276-8.


  • CP Stylebook: Guide to newspaper style in Canada maintained by the Canadian Press. ISBN 0-920009-38-7.
  • The Globe and Mail Style Book: Originally created to help writers and editors at the Globe and Mail present clear, accurate and concise stories. ISBN 0-7710-5685-0

United Kingdom[edit]


For legal documents[edit]

For journalism[edit]

United States[edit]

In the United States, most non-journalism writing follows The Chicago Manual of Style,[2] while most newspapers base their style on the Associated Press Stylebook. A classic style guide for the general public is The Elements of Style.

For general writing[edit]

For legal documents[edit]

For academic papers[edit]

For journalism[edit]

For electronic publishing[edit]

  • The Columbia Guide to Online Style, by Janice Walker and Todd Taylor.
  • Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton.

For business[edit]

For the computer industry (software and hardware)[edit]

Editorial style guides on preparing a manuscript for publication[edit]



  • GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 8th ed., GLAAD College Media Reference Guide, 1st ed., GLAAD Chinese Media Reference Guide, 1st ed. - published by GLAAD to encourage media outlets to use language and practices inclusive of LGBT people. Available as a free download.[6]


  • Association of Art Editors Style Guide[3]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Casagrande, June. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite. Penguin, 2006.
  3. ^ Library of Congress Catalog Record for The Business Style Handbook, 2nd edition:
  4. ^
  5. ^ Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, ISBN 978-0-226-11649-5
  6. ^ [1]

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