When it comes to punctuation, there’s a difference between formal prose and creative writing.
If you cite your sources in your thesis or dissertation (or class paper) using the author-date system, you will need to include a reference list. . . .
In novels and stories and other creative works, words spoken by a character are normally set off from the narrative with quotation marks, and the speaker is identified in the run of text by tags like “she said.”
Q. Engineers think “CMOS” stands for “complementary metal-oxide semiconductor,” so how should we refer to The Chicago Manual of Style?
Q. Is it OK to hyphenate a hashtag at the end of a line?
Q. Is “student teacher” hyphenated?
Many of us would benefit from frank conversations with other scholars about improper borrowing, otherwise known as plagiarism, but the topic is so hot that most professors avoid discussing it, except in warnings to their undergraduates.
A comma is normally placed before a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, so, yet) that joins two independent subject-verb clauses—that is, clauses that could stand on their own as complete sentences. . . .
If you cite your sources in your thesis or dissertation (or class paper) using the author-date system, you will signal each source in the text in parentheses. . . .
In editing formal prose, we fix nonstandard English without hesitation. But in editing creative works, we often need to throw out the stylebook so a narrator or character in a novel or play can abuse grammar to good effect. . . .
It’s time for another editing and proofreading quiz! Once again, we test your knowledge of some of the finer points of Chicago style.
Since it was first published almost twenty years ago, The Copyeditor’s Handbook has served as both textbook and guide for copyeditors in book publishing and corporate communications. The revised fourth edition of the Handbook is now published alongside a companion, The Copyeditor’s Workbook, . . .
If you cite your sources in your thesis or dissertation (or class paper) using numbered notes, you will usually have the option of using footnotes. . . .