Professional and Technical Writing/Documenting Your Sources/How To Choose The Proper Documentation

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How To Choose The Proper Documentation[edit | edit source]

There are many different types of documentation formatting, with some being more detailed then others. Different circumstances require different formats.

Many businesses and organizations have a specific documentation style that they want to be used for usability reasons. It is important to use the style specific to organizations when doing business with them to make their jobs easier and therefore make you more valuable in their eyes, which can lead to re-hiring. Many businesses have style guides available that include documentation rules and citation examples.

The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA) are the two most common documentation style guides that businesses use. Most of the other documentation styles resemble one of these two styles.