7 reference resources for writers and editors

If you work with words—or play with them, or both at the same time—you’ll want to be familiar with these excellent guides.

1. The Associated Press Stylebook

Associated Press style and Chicago style (see below) differ in some respects, but many of the listings in this alphabetically organized resource will set you straight about how to treat many common and proper nouns.

2. The Chicago Manual of Style

This is the primary resource, after a house style guide, for many American publishing companies and other companies that produce publications, providing guidance about grammar and usage, as well as topics including abbreviation, capitalization and other emphasis (such as italics or boldface), numbers, and punctuation. It’s only one of many, but it’s pre-eminent.

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