Okay, now that I’ve introduced myself, let’s talk about that headline up there. If you’re like me and edit or proofread for a living, you’ve probably noticed that something about it isn’t quite right. . . .
Around this time of year, we at The Chicago Manual of Style start to envision decorating the world with tiny copies of CMOS. You’re invited to join the merriment with this free miniature edition of
Pronouns are small but powerful words that often trip us up. This month’s Chicago style workout, “Grammar, Part 3,” centers on sections 5.27–37 of CMOS 17, which cover the definitions and uses of pronouns.
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
This month’s workout, “Word Usage, Part 5,” centers on section 5.250 of CMOS 17. Today we focus on words beginning with the letters i through k. Writing and editing are more efficient when you never have to look up imply and infer or
Michael Gross is director of legal services at the Authors Guild, Inc., a professional organization founded in 1912 to protect the interests of writers in copyright, fair contracts, and free expression.
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
In response to reader questions and requests, the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has a new paragraph (8.185) called “Titles of Folktales, Fables, Nursery Rhymes, and the Like.” The new guidelines suggest that
This month’s workout, “General Rules of Alphabetizing,” is taken from CMOS 17, sections 16.62–70. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 16.62–70 of the Manual before
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