Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition

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To paraphrase the words of the Chicago Manual of Style team, on Monday 21st August two rare events were celebrated in the US: a solar eclipse and the unveiling of the new Chicago Manual of Style Online.

ebooks@cambridge is pleased to announce that current staff and students of the University now have access to the new 17th edition, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via this link.

About the Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English, published by University of Chicago Press, prescribing writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. The Chicago citation style is also recommended to students by a number of Cambridge University departments for use in essays and other forms of work.

What’s new in the 17th edition?

As well as a much more up-to-date look, the site has been enhanced with additional content. Of particular interest to the ebooks@cambridge team (and hopefully to our followers) is the addition of further guidance on the tricky issue of citing electronic books. Section III is the place to look for this; in particular:

14.8 An expanded section on the use of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) in references

14.9 A new section on permalinks (finding and using permanent URLs)

14.10 A note on short form URLs

14.159 Ebooks requiring a specific application or device (e.g. Kindle ebooks)

14.160 Page or location numbers in electronic formats

For those in a hurry, the 17th edition now includes a useful Citation Quick Guide, giving brief instructions and examples for different publication types, including ebooks.

Can I still access previous editions?

You can still access the 16th edition via the home page of the 17th edition – click on 16th edition on the blue header. The 15th edition is no longer available online.

Further help

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions or comments about this or any other ebook platform.

 

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

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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 sixteenth edition, The Chicago Manual of Style is more comprehensive and easier to use than ever before, and provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age.

The ebooks@cambridge Service is pleased to announce that The Chicago Manual of Style (CMSO) is now available online for University of Cambridge users. You can access the website here.

The online version includes the fully searchable Chicago Style Q&A and convenient Tools such as sample correspondence, proofreaders’ marks and a quick guide to citation.

The CMSO will be searchable in LibrarySearch from later this week, and is accessible off campus when using a Raven login.

If you have any comments or queries about this resource, please email the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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