As a reader of the email that comes to The Chicago Manual of Style, I regularly find myself explaining the purpose of the illustrations (figures and tables) to puzzled users. Two recent queries:
In a typed document, each new paragraph should begin with a first-line indent, applied either with the Tab key or with your word processor’s indentation feature rather than the Space bar. One-half inch is the traditional measure for an indent. Exceptions:
The 17th edition is finally here! Both the hardcover book and the redesigned online edition have arrived. We’re celebrating with a little scavenger hunt. We’ll choose five winners from those with
The 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style will arrive any day now! We’ve been looking at some of the changes and new material in the new edition. This week, we take a look at sentence adverbs.
CMOS 17 is almost here—and at the University of Chicago Press, that’s a really big deal. Every seven to ten years the team here revs up for an overhaul of The Chicago Manual of Style, and two to three years after that,
Readers are sometimes puzzled by Chicago’s recommendations of when to lowercase or drop an initial the from the title of a work in running text. Sections 8.167 and 8.168 of CMOS (16th edition) lay out the rules. For a bonus, we’ll also cover the use of the in titles of websites (8.186) in running text. Chicago guidelines for the use of the
This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 3,” again centers on section 5.220 of CMOS. Writing and editing are more efficient when you never have to look up gauntlet or dither over farther versus further.
In a previous post, we described notes and bibliography citations. Today, we’ll describe a different citation system called “author-date” style. In author-date style, note citations appear in the text of your paper like
This month’s workout centers on sections 3.79–84 of The Chicago Manual of Style, “Editing Tables.” Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 3.79–84 of the Manual before answering the questions.
It’s not always obvious whether a word should be capitalized. We know to cap proper names of people, holidays, cities, and countries. But what about words like dad, state, or president? Confusion arises when the same word is capped in one context and lowercased in another: