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Citation and Writing Guides: Associated Press

Primary Style or Format Guide

Associated Press stylebook and briefing on media law. 
46nd ed / editor, Norm Goldstein.

Lewis Ready Reference
PN 4783 .A83 2011

AP Use and Tips

 Used in the communications and news disciplines.  The Associated Press stylebook contains much that will prevent writers from making errors of fact, grammar and punctuation.This is less of a "research" style than others we have looked at because of the lack of emphasis on  citation and bibliogaphies.  It's emphasis is on the consistancy, clarity and simplicity. A publication's use of a particular style provides consistency, accuracy, and tone. You won't find an explanation of the logic of AP style in the stylebook, however some general rules are:

- be accurate.
- be clear enough to be understood by anyone with a high school education.
- be consise.
- be inoffensive, unless there is an overriding reason, central to the story.

AP Guidelines

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