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Citation Styles

Help with different citation styles including how to format citations.

How to Use This Section

This page highlights some of the unique style manuals and style guides used within science, technology and other disciplines. In some cases, the discipline uses one of the standard styles (ex. Chicago), a style developed by a disciplinary association or organization (ex. American Chemical Society), or 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 include citing references, paper formatting and writing tips.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. For additional information, reach out to a subject librarian, or 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 Guide to Scholarly Communication

Life Sciences

Council of Science Editors (CSE)/Council of Biology Editors (CBE): 
Note: While the 6th edition is known as the CBE Manual, after its publication, CBE changed to CSE. As a result, subsequent editions are known as the CSE Manual.

American Society for Microbiology:

American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America:


American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 

Aerospace Engineering

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Physics

American Mathematical Society

American Physical Society


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineering: ASME Author Guidelines

Associated Schools of Construction

Communications and Journalism

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
Note: Online access to the 56th edition of the stylebook requires a subscription through AP's website. 

Columbia Guide to Online Style (2nd ed.)

English for Journalists

New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (Rev. and expanded ed.)

Patents and Trademarks Office


American Statistical Association: ASA House Style Guide (as of 2020)

Other Sciences

Association for Computing Machinery: ACM Citation Styles and Reference Formats (updated as of July 2023)

Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide

  • Print access to the first edition: GA 108.7 .C55x 1992 [High Density Storage Collection] Stacks
    Note: There is a second edition of the guide published in 2010, but ASU Library does not possess this copy.

Health Professionals Style Manual (2nd ed.)

Writer's Guide to Periodicals in Earth Science (2nd ed.) QE 48.85 .W743x 1986 [High Density Storage Collection] Stacks

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