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The Chicago manual of style.
Fifteenth edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvii, 956 pages ; 24 cm
Ch. 1. The parts of a published work -- Ch. 2. Manuscript preparation and manuscript editing -- Ch. 3. Proofs -- Ch. 4. Rights and permissions -- Ch. 5. Grammar and usage -- Ch. 6. Punctuation -- Ch. 7. Spelling, distinctive treatment of words, and compounds -- Ch. 8. Names and terms -- Ch. 9. Numbers -- Ch. 10. Foreign languages -- Ch. 11. Quotations and dialogue -- Ch. 12. Illustrations and captions -- Ch. 13. Tables -- Ch. 14. Mathematics in type -- Ch. 15. Abbreviations -- Ch. 16. Documentation I: Basic patterns -- Ch. 17. Documentation II: Specific content -- Ch. 18. Indexes -- App. A: Design and production- basic procedures and key terms -- App. B: The publishing process for books and journals
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The Fifteenth Edition is available in book form and as a subscription Web site.  The same content from  The Chicago Manual of Style is in both versions.

In the 1890s, a proofreader at the University of Chicago Press prepared a single sheet of typographic fundamentals intended as a guide for the University community. That sheet grew into a pamphlet, and the pamphlet grew into a book--the first edition of the Manual of Style , published in 1906. Now in its fifteenth edition, The Chicago Manual of Style --the essential reference for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers in any field--is more comprehensive and easier to use than ever before.

Those who work with words know how dramatically publishing has changed in the past decade, with technology now informing and influencing every stage of the writing and publishing process. In creating the fifteenth edition of the Manual , Chicago''s renowned editorial staff drew on direct experience of these changes, as well as on the recommendations of the Manual ''s first advisory board, composed of a distinguished group of scholars, authors, and professionals from a wide range of publishing and business environments.

Every aspect of coverage has been examined and brought up to date--from publishing formats to editorial style and method, from documentation of electronic sources to book design and production, and everything in between. In addition to books, the Manual now also treats journals and electronic publications. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by technology, use new methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources.

A new chapter covers American English grammar and usage, outlining the grammatical structure of English, showing how to put words and phrases together to achieve clarity, and identifying common errors. The two chapters on documentation have been reorganized and updated: the first now describes the two main systems preferred by Chicago, and the second discusses specific elements and subject matter, with examples of both systems. Coverage of design and manufacturing has been streamlined to reflect what writers and editors need to know about current procedures. And, to make it easier to search for information, each numbered paragraph throughout the Manual is now introduced by a descriptive heading.

Clear, concise, and replete with commonsense advice, The Chicago Manual of Style , fifteenth edition, offers the wisdom of a hundred years of editorial practice while including a wealth of new topics and updated perspectives. For anyone who works with words, whether on a page or computer screen, this continues to be the one reference book you simply must have.

What''s new in the Fifteenth Edition:

* Updated material throughout to reflect current style, technology, and professional practice

* Scope expanded to include journals and electronic publications

* Comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (author of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage )

* Updated and rewritten chapter on preparing mathematical copy

* Reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, including guidance on citing electronic sources

* Streamlined coverage of current design and production processes, with a glossary of key terms

* Descriptive headings on all numbered paragraphs for ease of reference

* New diagrams of the editing and production processes for both books and journals, keyed to chapter discussions

* New, expanded Web site with special tools and features for Manual users at .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The0 Chicago Manual of Style0 maintains its vitality by adapting to its ever-changing environment. None of the changes from one edition to the next are capricious; that which remains vital carries over, and that which must change, changes. From the 1906 first edition's limited focus as "a compilation of typographical rules" for books, it has evolved to provide guidance to authors and editors working in other forms and media such as journals, newsletters, Web sites, and even, with the fifteenth edition, American Sign Language. The editors now "assume throughout that most writers and editors, whether preparing print or nonprint works, use computer software." That assumption is most visible in the chapter dealing with presentation in type of mathematical expressions and formulas. Software has collapsed the division of labor between author and typesetter, giving the author the power to fulfill both roles simultaneously. Mathematicians have faced that special challenge; all scholars have been vexed by uncertainty about citing electronic resources. Various specialized manuals from other publishers have attempted to codify practices for citing electronic publications, but none has enjoyed the authority Chicago0 has earned over nearly a century. The fifteenth offers deeper guidance for citing electronic books, articles in e-journals, electronic editions of older works, and online newspapers and magazines. The clear, practical, and easily applied rules for citing these sources recognize the problem an author must solve when a URL is subject to change; they also offer advice on matters such as when to provide the date a cited e-work was accessed. U.S. copyright law, driven by the same technologies the fifteenth edition addresses, has also experienced significant changes. An expanded section on copyright offers clear albeit not exhaustive coverage of the current complexities of copyright. All authors would do well to study this primer. Chicago0 's mantra throughout is consistency in support of clarity. Helping authors and editors achieve consistency in practice when creating or editing a manuscript and presenting it to readers is Chicago0 's raison d'etre. The prescriptive tone of some entries serves consistency, but usage is determined by users of the language. Chicago0 acknowledges variants in practice, often noting that an author may use a variant even though its entry first describes preferred practice. Bowing to popular influence, the editors concede that they "no longer urge deletion of the n0 in 20 nd or the r0 in 3rd" and they "now recommend the month-day-year form of dates" prevalent in the U.S. The editors also have the wisdom and the experience to uphold rules that, if ignored, can create confusion in readers' minds. All of the rules and recommendations are easily accessible through the thorough index, a hallmark of every recent edition. New to the fifteenth is a lively chapter on grammar and usage contributed by Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner's Modern American Usage 0 (2d ed., Oxford, 2003; formerly A Dictionary of Modern American Usage0 ). Its first part reviews basic rules of English grammar, and the second offers succinct explanations of words easily misused (decimate, precondition)0 or confused (e.g., healthy0 and healthful;0 purposely0 and purposefully0 ). Added features discuss bias-free language and prepositional idioms. Evolution is never a lockstep uniform process. Although the heart of Chicago0 embraces changes wrought by digital publishing, its concluding bibliography lags. Only the print editions of general-purpose encyclopedias and several English-language dictionaries are noted. Even though the entry for the Oxford English Dictionary0 indicates its availability on CD-ROM, it neglects to mention its online incarnation. But one must not miss the forest for these few trees. As it has done again and again, Chicago0 offers sensible, clearly articulated, and defensible advice to authors and editors who want to do their best to present an author's text to readers. Every library that serves authors, especially those producing scholarly works, simply must0 have the current edition of Chicago.0 -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Countless publishing professionals have learned the details of their business from this classic guide for publishers, editors and writers. It's updated every 10 years or so, and the 15th edition is the most extensive revision in decades. The Internet's influence is pervasive, with substantial sections on preparing manuscripts for electronic publishing, editing for online publications and citing electronic sources. The "Rights and Permissions" chapter is by attorney William S. Strong (The trace the publication process for books and journals, both print and electronic, from manuscript development to distribution and marketing. For the first time, the manual includes a chapter on grammar and usage, by Bryan A. Garner (A Dictionary of Modern Usage). Gone is the 13-page table showing when to hyphenate compound words of all sorts, but it's replaced by a six-plus-page list and a narrative overview, which will be simpler for the overworked manuscript editor ("copyeditor" has vanished, and the index relegates "copyediting" to a cross-reference to manuscript editing) to use. Traditionalists may be bothered by the new edition's preference for ZIP Code state abbreviations and dropping periods from such abbreviations as Ph.D. and even U.S. Some things do remain the same. The style guide still endorses the serial comma (which PW does not) and numerals are still spelled out from one through one hundred and at the beginning of a sentence. Those in the publishing industry will need this edition, both for what's new and for what they will want to argue about. 150,000 first printing. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Since 1906, the incomparable Chicago Manual has been the reference for writers, editors, copyeditors, publishers, and anyone else working with words. This historic new edition reflects the huge impact that computer technology has had on writing and publishing in recent decades. Novelties include a new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (A Dictionary of Modern American Usage), significant updates of copyright and permissions information, a new typographic presentation of American Sign Language, and an "almost new" chapter on mathematical copy, especially useful for electronic notations. From elements to proofreading marks to bias-free language, the manual provides directions, preferences, and even suggestions to the publishing and writing professional. Chapter 16, for example, concentrates on the two documentation systems preferred by Chicago: the notes and bibliographic system and the author-date system. Chapter 17 concentrates on the style and items of bibliographic entries, notes, and parenthetical citations, while also providing information on interview, audiovisual, manuscript, and legal citations. In comparison, Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is a useful resource for students, but it does not tackle publication and production issues. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, now in its fifth edition, also omits that information, while the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, now in its second edition, is more directed to the author's needs. Meanwhile, Chicago encompasses a variety of fields and professions, making this significant revision an invaluable addition to all public, academic, and special libraries.-Marilyn Searson Lary, North George Coll. & State Univ. Lib., Dahlonega, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 The Parts of a Published Work
2 Manuscript Preparation and Manuscript Editing
The Author's Responsibilities
The Manuscript Editor's Responsibilities
3 Proofs
What to Look For
How to Mark Proofs
Cover Proofs
Bluelines and Folded and Gathered Sheets
Checking Works for Electronic Publication
4 Rights and Permissions by William S. Strong
Copyright Law and the Licensing of Rights
The Publishing Agreement
The Publisher's Responsibilities
The Author's Responsibilities
5 Grammar and Usage by Bryan A. Garner
Word Usage
6 Punctuation
Typographic and Aesthetic Considerations
Question Mark
Exclamation Point
Hyphens and Dashes
Quotation Marks
Multiple Punctuation and When to Avoid It
Lists and Outline Style
7 Spelling, Distinctive Treatment of Words, and Compounds
Variant Spellings
Contractions and Interjections
Word Division
A and An, O and Oh
Italics, Capitals, and Quotation Marks
Compounds and Hyphenation
8 Names and Terms
Personal Names
Titles and Offices
Epithets, Kinship Names, and Personifications
Ethnic, Socioeconomic, and Other Groups
Names of Places
Words Derived from Proper Names
Names of Organizations
Historical and Cultural Terms
Calendar and Time Designations
Religious Names and Terms
Military Terms
Ships, Trains, Aircraft, and Spacecraft
Scientific Terminology
Brand Names and Trademarks
Titles of Works
Notices and Mottoes
9 Numbers
Numerals or Words
Physical Quantities
Percentages and Decimal Fractions
Divisions in Publications and Other Documents
Time of Day
Addresses and Thoroughfares
Plurals and Punctuation of Numbers
Inclusive Numbers
Roman Numerals
10 Foreign Languages
Titles and Other Proper Names
Languages Using the Latin Alphabet
Languages Usually Transliterated (or Romanized)Classical Greek
Old English and Middle English
American Sign Language
11 Quotations and Dialogue
Permissible Changes
Relation to Text
Quotation Marks
Citing Sources in Text
Foreign-Language Quotations
12 Illustrations and Captions
Placement and Numbering
Physical Handling of Artwork
List of Illustrations
Charts: Some Guidelines
Musical Examples
13 Tables
The Main Parts of a Table
Shape and Dimensions
Special Types of Tables
Editing Tables
Typographic Considerations
14 Mathematics in Type
Style of Mathematical Expressions
Preparation of Paper Manuscripts
15 Abbreviations
Names and Titles
Geographical Terms
Designations of Time
Scholarly Abbreviations
Technology and Science
Business and Commerce
16 Documentation I: Basic Patterns
Source Citation: Basic Elements, Different Formats
The Author-Date System: Reference Lists and Text Citations
17 Documentation II: Specific Content
Interviews and Personal Communications
Unpublished and Informally Published Material
Special Types of References
Musical Scores
Audiovisual Materials
Citations Taken from Secondary Sources
Legal Citations
Public Documents
18 Indexes
Kinds of Indexes and Components of an Index
General Principles of Indexing
Proper Names and Variants
Titles of Publications and Other Works
Punctuation: A Summary
The Mechanics of Indexing
Editing an Index Compiled by Someone Else
Typographical Considerations
Appendix A Design and Production--Basic Procedures and Key Terms
Appendix B The Publishing Process for Books and Journals