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Research Style Guides

Doc's Guides are concise (free!) guides to formatting and documenting research papers in AMA, APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA styles. The main focus is on preparing papers for classes, seminars, and conferences.

Featured Style Guides

Style Guides by Doc Scribe. Guides are available as Web pages online and their replicas in PDF format.
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arrow AMA Medical Style.  The American Medical Association has published the most comprehensive guide to drafting research papers in medicine. Based on the current 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style, 2007.

arrow APA Psychology.  The style of the American Psychological Association (APA) is used almost universally in the field of psychology and education. Based on the current 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, 2009.

arrow ASA Sociology.  The American Sociological Association (ASA) has evolved a crisp sensible style followed by many journals including the American Sociological Review.

arrow Chicago Style.  Chicago-Turabian style footnotes and bibliographies are required in history. Based on the current editions of the Chicago Manual of Style (2003) and Turabian's Manual for Writers (2007).

arrow MLA Style.  The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is a sensible Chicago variant widely used in the humanities. Based on the current 7th edition of the MLA Handbook (2009) and PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association).

Useful Tools & Information

Resources you can draw upon to learn more about research writing and style, and about your own abilities.

arrow Basic Features of Research Styles (2009, PDF 65 KB, 4 pp).  If you are new to research writing this short guide will alert you to the basic features of all research styles.

arrow Research Links.  Follow these links to the official websites and style information of the various research societies. Also listed are top sites for additional research information.

arrow Writer's Test.  Are you in command of the basic skills accomplished writers have mastered? How do you know? Doc has put together a brief but telling test of these skills. Take it if you dare!

arrow Writing Research Styles: A Primer (2004, PDF 85 KB, 16 pp). This is an extensive introduction to using research styles. It includes a checklist of things to know when using a style new to you.

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Official Websites:   AMA Style (Oxford UP)   APA Style Site   Chicago Manual of Style   MLA Handbook