Chicago Style Workout 74: Scholarly Abbreviations

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I.e., Ibid., E.g., Etc.

If you’ve ever written or edited an article or book on a scholarly subject, you probably know your e.g. from your i.e. and ibid. But especially if you spend time with older sources, you’re likely to encounter some abbreviations that haven’t entered the vernacular.

That’s where the table of scholarly abbreviations in CMOS 10.42 comes in handy. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of this fascinating little corner of academia.

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Note: Style guides sometimes disagree. Except for a few details that can be verified in standard dictionaries and encyclopedias and other readily available sources, the answers in this quiz rely on the information in the 17th edition of CMOS.

Chicago Style Workout 74: Scholarly Abbreviations

1. In bibliographic contexts, the abbreviation abr. stands for
2. The abbreviation c. can mean several things in the context of scholarly publishing. Which of the following does it not mean?
3. The abbreviation cf. means
4. The word “chapter” can be abbreviated as either chap. or ch.
5. The abbreviation e.g. stands for
6. The abbreviation fasc. stands for
7. In the context of academic writing, the abbreviation ff. means
8. The abbreviation ibid. means
9. The abbreviation op. cit. means
10. In the context of scholarly publishing, the abbreviation s.v. means


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