The Associated Press Stylebook

Thank you for your interest in the AP Stylebook, the journalist's bible. This guide provides an overview and guide to the various resources and capabilities of and AP Stylebook products.

Updated regularly since its initial publication in 1953, the AP Stylebook is a must-have reference for writers, editors, students and professionals. It provides fundamental guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style. It is the definitive resource for journalists.

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AP Stylebook products include:

  • Spiral-bound print AP Stylebook, 57th Edition: Updated every other year, the book is published in the spring.
  • AP Stylebook Online: Web-based, searchable, customizable style guidance.
  • AP style-checking tools: Proof your text as you write and edit in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office or your favorite web browser.
  • AP Style Quizzes: Test your knowledge with about 90 five-question quizzes that provide automated scoring and feedback.
  • AP Stylebook e-book: The AP Stylebook e-book is available on Amazon's Kindle platform.

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AP Stylebook Online

AP Stylebook Online includes access all the entries listed in the print edition plus online-only features including Ask the Editor and Topical Guides. It is updated throughout the year as editors add and change entries.

Stylebook Online features:

AP Stylebook Online is customizable. Individual subscribers and site license users can create custom content in your own custom stylebook. You can add your own entries, which will appear in your relevant searches and in your custom stylebook content area.

Add notes to AP Stylebook content to provide your own examples of usage or to state that your local style differs from AP. If your subscription includes Merriam-Webster, you can add notes to dictionary entries, too. Your notes are searchable and are included with the entry itself.

AP Stylebook Online is searchable. Using the search box in the top navigation quickly provides results from all content areas. You can search a specific content area, such as your custom stylebook, by going to that section on your logged-in homepage and entering your query in the search box for that section. Search results use word stemming, meta words and misspellings to help find the results you are looking for, including related terms and similar spellings. The cursor is automatically set to the search box in the top header so searching is even faster.

By default, AP Stylebook Online's search uses word stemming, wildcards (to assist with misspellings) and indexing to help find the results you are looking for as quickly as possible. 

Stylebook Online's Topical Guides provide style guidance related to events in the news. You can search the Topical Guides directly via the search bar near the top of the page. Topical Guides include a mix of AP style rules and relevant background about news events, whether that's U.S. elections or hurricane season or the Super Bowl.

You can mark entries as a "Favorite" for easy access to entries that you use frequently. To create a favorite go to the entry page and click the star just to the right of the entry and it should appear blue indicating that it has been favorited. You can see all your favorite entries on your homepage once you have logged in to your account.

Ask the Editor provides answers, clarification and guidance on style issues that go beyond the AP Stylebook. Stylebook Online subscribers can submit questions. Before posting a question, you can search the archives of thousands of past questions and answers for your topic. With thousands of questions and answers on file, your topic has very likely been covered.

Ask the Editor includes tabs to:

  • View the most recent submissions to Ask the Editor.
  • FAQ: View a compilation of frequently asked questions compiled by AP Stylebook editors.
  • Search past questions.
  • Submit a question to Ask the Editor.
  • View my questions: See questions you've submitted previously and answers you have received. You can also request email notification when your question is answered.
  • Archive: View Ask the Editor submissions that no longer reflect current AP style. The questions in this section are all archived and provide historic information only.

AP Stylebook Online subscribers can add access to Merriam-Webster, AP's primary dictionary. Stylebook & Merriam-Webster Online subscribers search both resources simultaneously by default. You can search Merriam-Webster by itself on your logged-in homepage or in the Merriam-Webster section.

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Getting started with Stylebook Online

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If you have remote users who cannot access from your organization's IP range, you can create individual named-user accounts for them, and those individual named-user accounts will count against the total number of concurrent users who can have access to the custom URL. For example, if you have a 25 concurrent-user site license and create three individual user accounts for offsite users, the number of concurrent users you can have would be 22. The individual users will each receive an email with a link to activate their accounts.

AP Stylebook Study Guides

Created in partnership with three experienced AP style instructors, AP Stylebook Study Guides will step you through quizzes covering key Stylebook topics in both the mechanics of writing and the more complex issues of quality storytelling.

Mechanics covers areas such as grammar, capitalization, punctuation and numerals to help you learn the nuts and bolts. Content dives deeper into language and writing, with topics including inclusive storytelling, health and science, business, religion and more.

Automatic scoring shows you the relevant AP style rule so you’ll know why the answer is right. The goal isn't rote memorization but understanding how to find and apply the guidance you need.

AP Stylebook Study Guides are an excellent companion purchase with another Stylebook product. Use them as a way to deepen your knowledge of the Stylebook.

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