Research guides

Dictionaries, Thesauri, and More

Style Guides & More

For legal and medical style guides, see the Legal Dictionaries guide and the Medical page of this guide.

Tip: This guide focuses on materials available at Jenkins. Public libraries, like the Free Library of Philadelphia, and academic libraries often have a larger collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference materials. Academic libraries may have access restrictions and we recommend contacting them before visiting for their most up-to-date policy information.

Tip: Many colleges and universities' libraries and writing programs have created online style guides. One of the many available online is the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): Research and Citation Resources.

General Style Guides and Manuals

The Chicago Manual of Style University of Chicago Press

The Columbia Guide to Online Style Columbia University Press

  • Location: PN171.F56 W35 2006 (Reference Desk)
  • Note: Library has 2nd (2006) edition.

Garner's Modern American Usage Oxford University Press

  • Location: PE2827 .G37 2009 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 3rd (2009) edition.

The Gregg Reference Manual Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

  • Location: PE1479.B87 S22 2001 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 9th (2001) edition.

Harbrace College Handbook Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

  • Location: PE1112 .H3 1994 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 12th (1994) edition.

The Longman Handbook for Writer and Readers Longman

  • Location: PE1408 .A58 1997 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 1st (1997) edition.

Modern American Usage: A Guide Hill and Wang

  • Location: PE1460 .F59 1998 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 1st Rev. (1998) edition.

The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage HarperCollins

  • Location: PE1421 .N48 1994 (Reference Desk)
  • Note: Library has 1st (1994) edition.

The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage Times Books

Style Manual U.S. Government Printing Office

Writing with Precision: How to Write so that You Cannot Possibly Be Misunderstood Penguin

  • Location: PE1479.B87 B37 2000 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has New expanded (2000) edition.

Tip: Additional style books can be found in the General Collection at call numbers PE1111 through PN4700.

Acronyms & Abbreviations

Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary Gale

  • Location: P365 A187 (Reference)
  • Note: Library has 36th (2006) edition.

Word Guides

Word Guides function as alphabetical word lists with word divisions marked for easy reference to the division of words located at the end of lines.

Tip: For Legal word guides, see the Legal Dictionaries guide.

Webster's Instant Word Guide Merriam

  • Location: PE1145.2 .W4 (Reference)
  • Note: Library has ©1980.