MHRA Style Guide

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The MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses—formerly the MHRA Style Book—is an academic style guide published by the Modern Humanities Research Association. It is most widely used in the arts and humanities in the United Kingdom, where the MHRA is based.

Initially, the Book and Guide were only available for sale in the UK and in the United States. As of 2015, 50,000 copies of all editions, published between 1971 and 2013, have been sold worldwide.[1]


The 3rd edition of the Style Guide (reprinted with corrections in 2015) can be downloaded free of charge,[2] as a PDF formatted document, from the MHRA's official website.[3] Since 2017, an online version is available, in full[4] and in a condensed Quick Guide format. Both online versions are also free of charge.[5]

Print versions of the most current edition continue to be offered.[3]

Publication history[edit]

MHRA Style Book[edit]

  • 1971: first edition
  • 1978: second edition
  • 1981: third edition
  • 1991: fourth edition
  • 1995: fourth edition reprinted with amendments
  • 1996: fifth edition

MHRA Style Guide[edit]

  • 2002: first edition
  • 2008: second edition
  • 2013: third edition
  • 2015: third edition reprinted with minor corrections


  1. ^ "About the MHRA". Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  2. ^ "MHRA Style Guide A Handbook for Authors and Editors • Third Edition download". Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "The MHRA Style Guide Online". UK: The Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Welcome to the MHRA Style Guide Online". Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  5. ^ "The MHRA Style Guide Online: A Handbook for Authors and Editors • Third Edition". Retrieved 28 April 2021.

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