Notable Nonfiction: Chicago Manual of Style

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The Chicago Manual of Style Book Cover The Chicago Manual of Style
University of Chicago Press
Language Arts & Disciplines
2010
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Provides information on manuscript preparation, punctuation, spelling, quotations, captions, tables, abbreviations, references, bibliographies, notes, and indexes, with sections on journals and electronic media.

The most complete style guide I’ve ever found is the Chicago Manual of Style. Originally written in 1906 for scholarly book and journal authors that were published by the University of Chicago Press, the 956-page guide has also become popular among journalists and other communication professionals.

I enjoy using the 15th edition released in 2003, but a 16th edition was published in 2010. It is available as a book or as a digital subscription.

Story: In 18 chapters and two appendices, the authors of the Chicago Manual of Style list guidelines for standardizing content, sources and grammar in various text types. This is the kind of book a copy editor uses to make sure that long works respect readers.

Structure: Reads in bite-sized chunks like an encyclopedia.

Style: American spelling, terms and traditions.

Sound: Academic.

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