Ever struggled with how to best structure your writing? Here are some style guides that may be useful. Some are free online tools; some are available to purchase online … (dear readers, this list was updated in
April 2014, June 2015).
Journalists and freelance writers
- The BBC style guide.
- This is a guide for journalists, but it details many of the general rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar. It also covers accuracy, fairness and impartiality
- The Guardian has a detailed style guide on its website.
- The Economist style guide is online here.
- The Daily Telegraph style guide is online here.
- The Chicago Manual of Style is online as a subscription service.
- The Associated Press Stylebook (2013) is a well known American tool for journalists and can be purchased here.
- Garbl’s style manual is based on the AP stylebook but also offers extras such as alternatives to long and pompous words and internet terms.
- Read Me First, an IT style guide from Sun: it’s been online for a while now and not all pages are online but it’s a great online resource if you don’t have ready access to a style guide.
- NASA has 100 pages online about grammar, punctuation, and capitalisation.
- The IBM style guide is a reasonable price.
- Microsoft’s Manual of Style (4th Edition, 2012).
- Here is the New Zealand Law Foundation’s guide.
- The APA style guide is often used. Waikato University has key APA guidelines on its site.
- From writing consultancy The Write Group (for NZ$46): The Write Style Guide for New Zealanders.
- The Gregg Reference Manual is well known in the United States and can be purchased here.
- The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing is an online searchable tool.
- The classic Elements of Style by William Strunk
- Govt.nz: The style guide for the NZ government website.
- Wikipedia: The Manual of Style documents Wikipedia’s house style.