A style manual is a handbook that identifies and explains the guidelines and rules used to format documents written in the academic environment. The sections you will refer to most often will be those that describe how to cite the resources used in the creation of your paper and how to format the works cited page.
At the University of the Incarnate Word, you will probably use all three of the major style manuals. They are:
Journalism classes taught at UIW use the style manual published by the Associated Press.