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Interjections? Well, OK, then! @SubvCopyEd Carol Saller combed through novels to see how writers punctuate interjections these days. Read her post this week in Fiction+ at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/07/19/erg…
“When your drafting starts to head off on a tangent, go with it for a bit to see whether you’re onto something better than you planned.” #Turabian 7.8 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Q. Should there be a comma after an introductory “also”? Q. How should “bison shoulder blade hoe” be hyphenated? Q. How do I cite a journal article that has an article number? We answer your #ChicagoStyle questions in the July Q&A at CMOS Online. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.h…
“Evidence never speaks for itself, especially not long quotations or complex sets of numbers. You must therefore speak for it: introduce it by stating what you want your readers to get out of it.” #Turabian 7.7 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Parentheses (and [square] brackets) are designed to enclose. Test your knowledge of these paired marks by taking this month’s quiz at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/06/28/chi…
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“Readers value research only to the degree that they trust its sources. So for every summary, paraphrase, or quotation you use, cite its bibliographic data in the appropriate style.” #Turabian 7.4 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Chicago has always recommended the serial comma, but we don’t get to claim the name. Revisit the history of the so-called Oxford comma—at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmWriting #AmEditing cmosshoptalk.com/2020/02/11/oxf…
“If you draft with an open mind, you can discover lines of thought that you couldn’t have imagined before you started. But like other steps in the process, even surprises work better with a plan.” #Turabian, chapter 7 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
How do novelists know when a chapter is finished? Can a chapter be too short or too long? @SubvCopyEd Carol Saller investigates, this week in Fiction+ at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/06/14/wha…
“Once you have a plan, you may discover that you have a lot of material left over that doesn’t fit into it. Resist the impulse to shoehorn these leftovers into your paper just to show your work.” #Turabian 6.3 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Q. Would room numbers be spelled out in fictional dialogue? Q. Is “the below example” correct usage? Q. What margins should I use? We answer your #ChicagoStyle questions in the June Q&A at CMOS Online. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.h…
“Expect to write your introduction twice, first a sketch for yourself and later a final one for your readers.” #Turabian 6.2.2 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
ICYMI: The habit of putting extra space after a period predates even Jane Austen. (So don’t blame the typewriter.) Revisit ye olde two-space problem at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmWriting #AmEditing cmosshoptalk.com/2020/03/24/one…
“If you find yourself telling the story of your project—First I investigated… Then I compared…—you are probably still too close to the activity of research to put your readers’ needs before your own.” #Turabian 6.1 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Apostrophes have a habit of showing up where they don’t belong. Test your knowledge of this frequently misused mark by taking this month’s quiz at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/05/24/chi…
“Your early writing should not determine the plan for your final paper: the real purpose of that early writing is to help you discover your ideas, not to communicate them to your readers.” #Turabian 6.1 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Word processors can do some amazing things, like read your work out loud or add a watermark to your pages. These how-tos and more from @SubvCopyEd Carol Saller, this week in Fiction+ at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/05/17/3-e…
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Table of contents (tip sheet no. 3): Place the title Contents at the top of the first page, centered. Begin the list with items that follow the contents page. #Turabian #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis #formatting chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian/Stude…
Proofreading in Adobe Acrobat isn’t necessarily easier than working on paper, but there are some advantages. PDF markup is in the spotlight, this week at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmProofreading cmosshoptalk.com/2022/05/10/pdf…
“At the core of your argument are three elements: your claim, your reasons for accepting it, and the evidence on which those reasons are based.” #Turabian 5.4 #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Q. Do conjunctions count in alphabetical order? Q. Does Chicago style for titles always override the style used in the work itself? Q. Should it be “Twenty-first” or “Twenty-First”? We answer your #ChicagoStyle questions in the May Q&A at CMOS Online. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.h…
Title page (tip sheet no. 2): Use the same font as in the main text; put the title in bold and center everything on the page. #Turabian #ChicagoStyle #dissertation #thesis #formatting chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian/Stude…
Semicolons do more than just wink. Test your semicolon knowledge with this month’s quiz at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/04/26/chi…
Margins and page numbers (tip sheet no. 1): Set margins of at least 1 inch from the edge of the page on all sides (except above a page number in the header or below a page number in the footer). #Turabian #ChicagoStyle #formatting chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian/Stude…
In creative writing, exclamation points have power, but not as much as you might think. @SubvCopyEd Carol Saller explains, this week in Fiction+ at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/04/19/exc…
Margins and page numbers (tip sheet no. 1): Don’t put a page number on the title page, but count it in the page numbering. #Turabian #ChicagoStyle #formatting chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian/Stude…
Which is better for editing, MS Word or Google Docs? @cpyeditor Russell Harper puts some common editing moves to the test using both programs, this week at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/04/12/wor…
Formatting your dissertation or thesis? Check out our annotated PDF tip sheets, which are based on the paper format and submission guidelines in the latest edition of Turabian. chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian/Stude…
Q. Are the names of robots italicized? Q. How would you cite marginalia? Q. What’s the difference between “compare with” and “compare to”? We answer your #ChicagoStyle questions in the April Q&A at CMOS Online. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.h…
Use single quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation: Rothko, argues Ball, “wanted to make works that wrought a transcendent effect, that dealt with spiritual concerns: ‘Paintings must be like miracles,’ he once said.” #Turabian 25.2.1.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Slashes have so many uses, and so many names. Test your slash knowledge with this month’s quiz at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing cmosshoptalk.com/2022/03/29/chi…
Normally, you should avoid forcing URLs to break at the ends of lines. If you must break one and you’re using Word, insert a “no-width optional break” (Insert > Symbol > Special Characters) instead of using a hard return. #Turabian 20.4.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
For some words, the correct usage can be hard to pin down, but @ChicagoManual for PerfectIt can help. Find out how (and test your editorial instincts), this week at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/03/22/usa…
“If you read actively, you’ll inevitably find yourself disagreeing with your sources. Don’t brush those disagreements aside, because they often point to new research problems.” #Turabian 4.1.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
People say the subjunctive is dying, but it’s alive and well in creative writing. @SubvCopyEd Carol Saller demonstrates its use, this week in Fiction+ at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/03/15/is-…
“If you can’t find reliable sources, acknowledge the limits of the ones you have. Of course, you may find an exciting research problem when you discover that a source thought to be reliable is not.” #Turabian 3.3.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Software can take some of the work out of writing source citations, but what does that mean for editors? Automated source citations are in the spotlight—this week at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/03/08/edi…
“Most sources will give you trailheads for bibliographic searches. When you find a book or article that seems useful, skim its bibliography or works cited. Its index will list the authors cited most often.” #Turabian 3.2.7 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Q. Is the first word of a quotation introduced with “According to” capitalized? Q. How would you write “a.k.a.” in dialogue? Q. Is it “log in to” or “log into”? We answer your #ChicagoStyle questions in the March Q&A at CMOS Online. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.h…
“In history, primary sources are artifacts or documents that come directly from the period you are studying: letters, diaries, objects, maps, even clothing.” #Turabian 3.1.1 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Dashes add flavor and nuance to your prose. Test your knowledge of en and em dashes with this month’s quiz at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing cmosshoptalk.com/2022/02/22/chi…
“Only by asking question after question will you develop the critical imagination you need to excel at research.” #Turabian 2.3.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Should you uppercase or lowercase after a midsentence colon? It depends. @SubvCopyEd Carol Saller helps you decide, this week in Fiction+ at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing #AmWriting cmosshoptalk.com/2022/02/15/whe…
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“Most academic researchers see their mission not as fixing the problems of the world but as understanding them better (which may or may not lead to fixing them).” #Turabian 2.2.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Variant spellings can slow an editor down, but @ChicagoManual for PerfectIt can help. Find out how, this week at CMOS Shop Talk. #ChicagoStyle #AmEditing cmosshoptalk.com/2022/02/08/spe…
“In our everyday world, a problem is something we try to avoid. But in academic research, a problem is something we seek out, even invent. Indeed, without a problem to work on, a researcher is out of work.” #Turabian 2.2 chicagomanualofstyle.org/turabian.html
Q. What is the reason behind spelling out numbers below 10? Q. Do you recommend uppercase or lowercase for names of emoji? Q. How would you make “news” possessive? We answer your #ChicagoStyle questions in the February Q&A at CMOS Online. chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/latest.h…
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