dannyk
Our team argues about this topic way more than it seems to merit. I would love a definitive answer.
Is there a style guideline for headings for engineering notebooks? Our team usually follows APA because that is what they have to do in their classes, and they have looked for an engineering alternative but cannot find one. They have had judges make negative comments about their headings (and lack of numbering) but not provide an alternative or any suggestions. APA does not use letters or numbers to keep track of the headings.
Thanks
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jgraber
Can you provide example of your APA style?  I’ll ask Dallas notebook judge. 
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dannyk

Robot Design

Actuator - Reef Blocks

            Blah, blah, blah..

Generate Concepts. Blah, blah, blah..

Hook. Blah, blah, blah..

These are some headings from last year with text (blah, blah..). "Robot design" is heading level 1, "Actuator..." is heading level 2, "Generate..." is heading 3, "Hook" is heading 4. As far as I've been told, this is APA style. It is very specific.

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jgraber
The head notebook judge for Dallas basically said " read the rubric ",  and has training that emphasizes "pick a style guide and stick with it" and "organized appearance".
 
5S rule "Shine:  a clean factory gives the impression of higher quality"
Maybe having more numbered index gives the impression of more organization.

   When I help write game rules,  I use lots of Outlining numbers so that we can reference section 3.2.1a vs 3.4.1b.    That level of detail is not necessary for notebooks.

dannyk wrote:
They have had judges make negative comments about their headings (and lack of numbering) 

Since your team is being downgraded on it, you should do something else.
Here is an example engineering research paper that has more numbering, but I don't know if there is a style guide for it.
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dannyk
Thank you.
It does seem strange that the psychologists have a style guideline and the engineers don't. Seems like it should be the other way around.
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jgraber
LMGTFY: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_style which is a good start, other than no TOC.
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dannyk
Thanks. That link led to some good information that i am going to pass on to the notebook writers. If anyone else is in the same boat, here are my recommendations.
https://journals.ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/create-your-ieee-journal-article/authoring-tools-and-templates/ieee-article-templates/ - templates for the various IEEE journals. BTW, IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - in case there are other non-engineers besides me out there.
Sadly there is not a universal style but they are all pretty similar.
IEEE says they are loosely based on the Chicago Manual of Style. Here is a good summary of it and some headings suggestions.
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/chicago_manual_17th_edition/cmos_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html
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