CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT 60 http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ProperNames/faq0049.html Q. Dear Chicago experts, do we italicize a ship’s name in quoted dialogue? My client says it should be italicized generally, but not in dialogue. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Dear Chicago experts, do we italicize a ship&rsquo;s name in quoted dialogue? My client says it should be italicized generally, but not in dialogue.</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 23:00:50 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0338.html Q. Help! Can you please tell me which is correct: “if one or more component is ineffective,” “if one or more components is ineffective,” or “if one or more components are ineffective.” The document I’m reviewing uses all three constructions, and I haven’t been able to find any solid guidance on which is correct. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Help! Can you please tell me which is correct: &ldquo;if one or more component is ineffective,&rdquo; &ldquo;if one or more components is ineffective,&rdquo; or &ldquo;if one or more components are ineffective.&rdquo; The document I&rsquo;m reviewing uses all three constructions, and I haven&rsquo;t been able to find any solid guidance on which is correct.</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:59:39 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0201.html Q. What size font do footnotes need to be if the text is 12 pt. in an essay? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>What size font do footnotes need to be if the text is 12 pt. in an essay?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:58:40 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0200.html Q. Hello CMS. A quick one, please. Can a book have two dedication pages? One for “To someone” and one for “For someone.” <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hello <em>CMS</em>. A quick one, please. Can a book have two dedication pages? One for &ldquo;To someone&rdquo; and one for &ldquo;For someone.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:57:38 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0337.html Q. I’m having an argument with my English teachers over what I think is a grammatical mistake in Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet. The sentence in question is: “The Daily News observed that there was no doubt as to the crime being a political one.” Since I’m fairly certain “being a political one” is a gerund and not a participial phrase, I think that crime should be changed to crime’s, but multiple English teachers have told me I am incorrect (yet the arguments they presented do not make sense to me whatsoever). Is the sentence correct as is, or did Doyle make a grammatical mistake? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m having an argument with my English teachers over what I think is a grammatical mistake in Doyle&rsquo;s Sherlock Holmes story<em> A Study in Scarlet</em>. The sentence in question is: &ldquo;The <em>Daily News</em> observed that there was no doubt as to the crime being a political one.&rdquo; Since I&rsquo;m fairly certain &ldquo;being a political one&rdquo; is a gerund and not a participial phrase, I think that <em>crime</em> should be changed to <em>crime&rsquo;s</em>, but multiple English teachers have told me I am incorrect (yet the arguments they presented do not make sense to me whatsoever). Is the sentence correct as is, or did Doyle make a grammatical mistake?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:56:07 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Punctuation/faq0122.html Q. I’m proofreading a math textbook that ends a sentence with “25 in.” followed by a superscript 2, denoting square inches. (Our math textbooks do not use “sq. in.”) There is a period after “in” and then another period after the superscript: 25 in.2. My gut says to eliminate the second period. What say you? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m proofreading a math textbook that ends a sentence with &ldquo;25 in.&rdquo; followed by a superscript 2, denoting square inches. (Our math textbooks do not use &ldquo;sq. in.&rdquo;) There is a period after &ldquo;in&rdquo; and then another period after the superscript: 25 in.<sup>2</sup>. My gut says to eliminate the second period. What say you?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:54:01 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0331.html Q. I’m working on an edited collection that includes many articles originally published in online sources. These articles often include live links that serve as citations, leading readers to a specific article or resource under discussion. In a traditional print publication, these items would almost certainly be cited in endnotes that we would then include in our volume. Following this logic, it seems that we should incorporate the citations in our print-only volume. Do you have any recommendations on how best to handle them? By creating an endnote structure not native to the original publication? Or through author-date citations, which would likely be even more disruptive but are appropriate for our book’s formatting? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m working on an edited collection that includes many articles originally published in online sources. These articles often include live links that serve as citations, leading readers to a specific article or resource under discussion. In a traditional print publication, these items would almost certainly be cited in endnotes that we would then include in our volume. Following this logic, it seems that we should incorporate the citations in our print-only volume. Do you have any recommendations on how best to handle them? By creating an endnote structure not native to the original publication? Or through author-date citations, which would likely be even more disruptive but are appropriate for our book&rsquo;s formatting?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:52:39 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0199.html Q. I am wondering about line spacing for block quotes and lines of dialogue. If the rest of my article is double-spaced, should my block quotes be single-spaced (so they are more legible as someone else’s words)? I have seen block quotes indented and single-spaced in journals, but I am not sure if that is a CMOS guideline. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I am wondering about line spacing for block quotes and lines of dialogue. If the rest of my article is double-spaced, should my block quotes be single-spaced (so they are more legible as someone else&rsquo;s words)? I have seen block quotes indented and single-spaced in journals, but I am not sure if that is a <em>CMOS</em> guideline.</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:51:32 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0336.html Q. Hello, Chicago. I am slightly confused about what the difference between “compare with” and “compare to” is. Paragraph 5.195 seems to suggest that it’s a matter of whether one is making a “literal comparison” or a “poetic or metaphorical comparison,” whereas 5.250 says it’s a matter of whether one is identifying “both similarities and differences” or “primarily similarities.” What’s the rundown? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hello, Chicago. I am slightly confused about what the difference between &ldquo;compare with&rdquo; and &ldquo;compare to&rdquo; is. Paragraph 5.195 seems to suggest that it&rsquo;s a matter of whether one is making a &ldquo;literal comparison&rdquo; or a &ldquo;poetic or metaphorical comparison,&rdquo; whereas 5.250 says it&rsquo;s a matter of whether one is identifying &ldquo;both similarities and differences&rdquo; or &ldquo;primarily similarities.&rdquo; What&rsquo;s the rundown?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:50:26 GMT http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0070.html Q. When writing a novel, if you label someone in a quote (e.g.) “You Mad Little Bugger,” is it capitalized? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>When writing a novel, if you label someone in a quote (e.g.) &ldquo;You Mad Little Bugger,&rdquo; is it capitalized?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:46:00 GMT