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Information for college professors

We are pleased to provide college instructors with a desk copies for use in your classes. We can provide you a spiral-bound print Stylebook or a subscription to AP Stylebook Online.

Would you like to learn more about using AP Stylebook Online with your students? Click here to view a webinar discussing AP Stylebook Online in the classroom.

We update our spiral-bound Stylebook every year, adding new listings and updating existing ones. The 2019 AP Stylebook includes about 200 new and updated entries, including a new chapter on covering polls and surveys. The ISBN number is 978-0-917360-68-8. This year's edition includes:

  • A new health and science chapter with guidelines on choosing stories and proper usage of scientific journals, as well as a primer on types of scientific studies and other coverage guidance.
  • New entries on vaping, budtender, deepfake and cryptocurrency.
  • Revised guidance that accent marks can be used with names of people who request them or are widely known to use them, or if quoting directly in a language that uses them.
  • Revised guidance that the % sign can be used in most cases.
  • An updated and expanded entry on suicide, including when and how it is acceptable to report a suicide method and guidance to avoid reporting the contents of notes or letters.
  • Several sports betting terms, such as “integrity fee” and sportsbook.
  • Expanded guidance on hyphenation.
  • An appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

The AP Stylebook Online is a searchable, mobile-friendly version of the AP Stylebook with online-only bonus features, including Ask the Editor where you can ask your own questions and search thousands in the archives, Topical Guides with helpful tips on news events ranging from the royal wedding to World Cup, and Pronunciation Guide with phonetic spellings and mp3 audio files. As AP updates its style throughout the year, users can get email updates and easily review the new entries and recent changes section online.

As the administrator of a site license, you can enter your own style entries or add notes to AP’s listings and all your students will be able to see your additions. You can also simply use a single subscription as your Stylebook resource so you can search, browse and customize it, and so you don't have to carry a heavy book to campus for class.

To request desk copies, fill out our online form here or contact our Help Center at help@apstylebook.com or at 800-353-6798To qualify for a desk copy, your college bookstore must purchase the spiral-bound book for students from our website. We will look for a corresponding bookstore order before approving your request.

We do not offer a teacher's edition or suggested syllabuses (AP style is syllabuses, not syllabi). We sell AP Style Quizzes, but it is intended for individual use, not classroom. The platform doesn't allow you to administer quizzes to your students and see their performance and the quizzes don't randomize the questions. It is an inexpensive study aid, though, and can help students see where they might need more work.

We would love to hear how you use AP Stylebook in your classroom. Traditionally the Stylebook was a journalism text, but now we see it in broadcast, public relations and integrated marketing programs. Drop us a note to let us know how you teach AP style and what would help you and your students. 

We invite you and your students to engage with the Stylebook: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and make suggestions for additions or changes to AP style.

Your college bookstore can find information about ordering the spiral-bound print Stylebook here.