There are two different kinds of apostrophes: smart and straight. To use them correctly, it helps to understand how they work. . . .
Many of us write or say “12 p.m.” (or “12:00 p.m.”) when we mean noon and “12 a.m.” when we mean midnight. This seems reasonable enough, at least intuitively. . . .
Sharpen Your Pencils! To start off 2019, let’s take an editing and proofreading quiz. This is the first of a series of workouts that will test your editing knowledge and proofreading skills.
Long chapters in theses, dissertations, and long class papers may be divided into sections, which in turn may be divided into subsections, and so on. Each section may have its own title, also called a subheading or subhead. You may have multiple
When words are left out of a quotation, an ellipsis of three dots (. . .) takes their place. When this works correctly, the reader can skip over the dots and the sentence . . .
Here’s how to format the main text of a Chicago-style paper following the guidelines in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Choose a single, readable, and widely available font such as
Many theses and dissertations (and some long class papers) begin with a section that previews the entire paper and is so distinct that the writer separates it from the rest of the paper. Such papers may also end with a conclusion that is long enough to treat as a separate element. Here’s how to set up
If your paper includes figures, tables, or both, you may choose to list them in the front matter. Here’s how to set up a Chicago-style list of figures (or tables) following the guidelines in
The announcement of a new edition of The Chicago Manual of Style always prompts rejoicing—along with a few worried queries about how much the citation styles are changing. Never fear! The forthcoming 17th edition of CMOS entails few changes to our notes, bibliography, and reference list citation styles. After all, we’ve had over a hundred years to work on getting them right. Instead, the updates and revisions