Style manuals have evolved from early printers' manuals into tools for authors, editors, and students. They range from general style manuals to those intended for use within a specific discipline, or even within the pages of a single journal.
Most style manuals contain much more than examples of footnotes and bibliographies, often including advice on grammar and punctuation, tips on conducting research, and recommendations on the appearance of the finished paper. Thus, the distinction between the style manual and the writing guide can be subtle.
Included in the following pages are all-purpose style manuals, specialized manuals, bibliographies which may be consulted in order to locate additional manuals, and several guides to term paper writing and manuscript preparation.
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