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Stacks Editing uses a number of style guides, which are standards for writing and editing.

Style guides

“Anybody can have ideas. The difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.”
                                                                        – Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)
                                                                                              American writer and humorist

Depending on the project, our editors at Stacks Editing typically use one or more style guides.

Stacks Editing uses a number of style guides, which are standards for writing, editing, formatting and designing documents, manuscripts and texts. (A style guide often is called a style sheet.) Sometimes clients have their own house style guides. When this is the case, we request the client provide us with their house style guide so that our work meets quality specifications.

Depending on the project, our editors typically use one or more of the following style guides:

● Modern Language Association (MLA) – MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 8th Edition, is a style guide used to cite sources in language arts, cultural studies and other humanities. 

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) – Used most often to cite sources from history and the arts. This resource, revised according to the 17th edition of CMOS, offers examples for the general format of CMOS research papers, footnotes/endnotes and bibliography. 

● American Psychological Association (APA) – Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition, is the style manual for the social and behavioral sciences. It provides guidance on the writing process from the ethics of authorship to word choice. 

Information about each of the above-described style guides has been extracted from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), part of the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Style guides from the Modern Language Association and the Chicago Manual of Style are used commonly.

AP Stylebook (AP) – When appropriate, Stacks Editing uses The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Commonly referred to as the AP Stylebook, it is a leading reference for corporate communication. The AP Stylebook refers to grammar, punctuation and principles of reporting including definitions and rules for usage as well as styles for capitalization, abbreviation, spelling and numerals