A recent question in our forums reminded me of a resource that I probably don’t make enough use of and other editors may not know about: OnlineStylebooks.com. Created and maintained by the founder of Copyediting newsletter, Mary Beth Protomastro, but unaffiliated with the newsletter or this site, OnlineStylebooks.com is a simple site but a useful resource for editors and writers alike.
If, for example, you’re developing a publication or project style guide from scratch, my first question is “Why develop it from scratch?” Grab a relevant style guide and use it as your template. If you’re struggling to decide how to handle a style issue that’s outside your field of expertise, look at a style guide from that field. If, because you’re a copyeditor, someone is asking you to speak authoritatively on a style issue you’re not feeling authoritative on, check a few different style guides to inform your answer.
At last count, OnlineStylebooks.com included 86 online style guides, covering a variety of fields and organizations that range from Adobe to Yahoo with NASA in between. You can follow the links in the list of stylebooks to see individual guides, or you can search all of the stylebooks at once. If you know of an online style guide that can be added to the list, please submit it to the site by emailing Mary Beth.