CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT 60 http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0301.html Q. The following wording seems problematic to me: “Additional software may be required to use the fingerprint reader.” This could be interpreted to mean that the software might have to use the fingerprint reader. Your thoughts? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>The following wording seems problematic to me: &ldquo;Additional software may be required to use the fingerprint reader.&rdquo; This could be interpreted to mean that the software might have to use the fingerprint reader. Your thoughts?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:52:27 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Capitalization/faq0058.html Q. My company has a handbook called The&nbsp;Standards and Expectations Handbook. We intend to call it “the handbook” for short. When written, should “the Handbook” be capitalized to denote that we’re talking about the specific book, or should it be lowercase? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>My company has a handbook called <em>The&nbsp;Standards and Expectations Handbook</em>. We intend to call it &ldquo;the handbook&rdquo; for short. When written, should &ldquo;the Handbook&rdquo; be capitalized to denote that we&rsquo;re talking about the specific book, or should it be lowercase?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:51:14 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0290.html Q. In my footnotes, I want to cite something as well as explain what it is I have cited, because I do not want to insert the info in the body of my paragraph. How do I do this? Does the citation go first or the explanation? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>In my footnotes, I want to cite something as well as explain what it is I have cited, because I do not want to insert the info in the body of my paragraph. How do I do this? Does the citation go first or the explanation?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:50:17 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0112.html Q. Hello, my question concerns hyphenating the term “anti-Second Amendment.” Wherever I see it, it is hyphenated as in my first sentence, but if the purpose of the hyphen is to let the reader know which of the words are linked, then “anti Second-Amendment” would seem to make more sense. But my spelling checker flags this alternate hyphenation. Is this an instance where we would be justified breaking the rule? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hello, my question concerns hyphenating the term &ldquo;anti-Second Amendment.&rdquo; Wherever I see it, it is hyphenated as in my first sentence, but if the purpose of the hyphen is to let the reader know which of the words are linked, then &ldquo;anti Second-Amendment&rdquo; would seem to make more sense. But my spelling checker flags this alternate hyphenation. Is this an instance where we would be justified breaking the rule?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:49:18 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Abbreviations/faq0064.html Q. How do I present the first mention of an in-text cited source which is normally referred to with initials? Specifically, AAALAC, which is the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. Is this correct? (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care [AAALAC] 2011) <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>How do I present the first mention of an in-text cited source which is normally referred to with initials? Specifically, AAALAC, which is the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. Is this correct? (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care [AAALAC] 2011)</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:48:08 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0171.html Q. Greetings, Wise Ones—House style at our university press is to omit the period after contractions such as Dr or Mrs and omit periods in abbreviated names of countries, organizations, etc. Question: When faced with a careless author whose transcriptions of source material cannot be easily verified, do we let these inconsistencies in quoted material stand or impose house style and omit periods throughout? Does this fall under the umbrella of permissible silent changes? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Greetings, Wise Ones&mdash;House style at our university press is to omit the period after contractions such as <em>Dr</em> or <em>Mrs</em> and omit periods in abbreviated names of countries, organizations, etc. Question: When faced with a careless author whose transcriptions of source material cannot be easily verified, do we let these inconsistencies in quoted material stand or impose house style and omit periods throughout? Does this fall under the umbrella of permissible silent changes?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:47:15 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0289.html Q. How do I cite a Google Forms survey that I have conducted for my research paper in Chicago format? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>How do I cite a Google Forms survey that I have conducted for my research paper in Chicago format?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:46:17 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/NoneoftheAbove/faq0032.html Q. There is no guidance in the manual to settle a difference between editors and a graphic designer about the interior design of books. Our audience is educators. The graphic designer makes the back of the title page (with copyright and ordering information) part of the design, uses fancy font in the headers of body text, etc. The introductory chapter has a photo occupying two-thirds of the page. I contend that the visuals dominate the text and distract the reader. She contends that pages of gray print are not appealing. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>There is no guidance in the manual to settle a difference between editors and a graphic designer about the interior design of books. Our audience is educators. The graphic designer makes the back of the title page (with copyright and ordering information) part of the design, uses fancy font in the headers of body text, etc. The introductory chapter has a photo occupying two-thirds of the page. I contend that the visuals dominate the text and distract the reader. She contends that pages of gray print are not appealing.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:45:08 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0288.html Q. Hello, how do I cite an electronic thesis that I found on the web? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hello, how do I cite an electronic thesis that I found on the web?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:43:21 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0070.html Q. For a poster, is the following correct, “Friday June 17th 8:00 pm,” or does there need to be a comma between Friday and June? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>For a poster, is the following correct, &ldquo;Friday June 17th 8:00 pm,&rdquo; or does there need to be a comma between <em>Friday</em> and <em>June</em>?</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:42:11 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ProperNames/faq0041.html Q. When writing about the town in Massachusetts, should I use Foxboro or Foxborough? The latter is the technical, legal name; the former is what everybody (USPS included) prefers and actually uses. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>When writing about the town in Massachusetts, should I use Foxboro or Foxborough? The latter is the technical, legal name; the former is what everybody (USPS included) prefers and actually uses.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:40:43 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0300.html Q. I received a lease agreement and am questioning the meaning of one line in it. The line says, “Landlord will be responsible for any structural or major maintenance and repairs, other than routine maintenance and repairs that are not due to Tenant’s misuse.” I believe this means that the landlord will not be responsible for repairs that are not due to tenant’s misuse, whereas I’m being told that it means that the landlord will not be responsible for repairs that are due to tenant’s misuse. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I received a lease agreement and am questioning the meaning of one line in it. The line says, &ldquo;Landlord will be responsible for any structural or major maintenance and repairs, other than routine maintenance and repairs that are not due to Tenant&rsquo;s misuse.&rdquo; I believe this means that the landlord will not be responsible for repairs that are not due to tenant&rsquo;s misuse, whereas I&rsquo;m being told that it means that the landlord will not be responsible for repairs that are due to tenant&rsquo;s misuse.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:37:54 GMT