CMOS FAQ Questions http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/ Latest CMOS FAQ Questions with links to the answers en-us Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMT 60 http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/NoneoftheAbove/faq0035.html In February 1997, manuscript editors here at the University of Chicago Press posted the first “Chicago Style Q&A.” To celebrate the Q&A’s twentieth anniversary, we’re introducing a brand-new&nbsp;category of answers called “Second Thoughts,”&nbsp;where we will occasionally clarify or correct answers from our archives. (We realize that as celebrations go, this is pretty nerdy, but that is just our way.) When we revise an answer, we’ll append our correction to the original in addition to posting it in the “Second Thoughts” browsing category. Our second thoughts are almost always prompted by e-mails from readers, so please keep them coming! Your comments keep us on our toes and are important to our planning for future editions of The Chicago Manual of Style.&nbsp; Just for fun (to make it a real party!), here’s one Q&A from the original 1997 “Chicago Style Q&A.” (Note that some styles have shifted slightly since then.) <p class="indent_Q_pt5in"><img alt="" src="/dam/jcr:ef0403b3-983a-4797-8cb6-37e6c3a7a736/Q&amp;A%20logo%20-%2020th%20anniversary.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; height:400px; width:400px" /></p> <p class="A">In February 1997, manuscript editors here at the University of Chicago Press posted the first &ldquo;Chicago Style Q&amp;A.&rdquo;</p> <p class="A">To celebrate the Q&amp;A&rsquo;s twentieth anniversary, we&rsquo;re introducing a brand-new&nbsp;category of answers called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/SecondThoughts.html" target="_blank">Second Thoughts</a>,&rdquo;&nbsp;where we will occasionally clarify or correct answers from our archives. (We realize that as celebrations go, this is pretty nerdy, but that is just our way.)</p> <p class="A">When we revise an answer, we&rsquo;ll append our correction to the original in addition to posting it in the &ldquo;Second Thoughts&rdquo; browsing category.</p> <p class="A">Our second thoughts are almost always prompted by e-mails from readers, so please keep them coming! Your comments keep us on our toes and are important to our planning for future editions of <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p class="A">Just for fun (to make it a real party!), here&rsquo;s one Q&amp;A from the original 1997 &ldquo;Chicago Style Q&amp;A.&rdquo; (Note that some styles have shifted slightly since then.)</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:10:00 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CapitalizationTitles/faq0076.html Q. How should we style the name of a competition? In quotes, italics, title case? Example: An initiative recently named a finalist in the “Tokyo Vertical Cemetery” competition. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>How should we style the name of a competition? In quotes, italics, title case? Example: An initiative recently named a finalist in the &ldquo;Tokyo Vertical Cemetery&rdquo; competition.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:19:50 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0308.html Q. Hi! I have a citation question. Text B included an excerpt of Text A, which the author of Text B translated. The translation exists only within Text B; it’s not in any other published work. I want to cite the translation. When doing so, do I need to include Text B in the citation? Or, do I simply cite Text A as translated by author of Text B? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hi! I have a citation question. Text B included an excerpt of Text A, which the author of Text B translated. The translation exists only within Text B; it&rsquo;s not in any other published work. I want to cite the translation. When doing so, do I need to include Text B in the citation? Or, do I simply cite Text A as translated by author of Text B?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:18:08 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Alphabetizing/faq0026.html Q. I work in a publicity department where we routinely sort back issues of national news publications. I have trouble figuring out how to sort publications with New York in the title: the New Yorker, the New York Times, New York Magazine, the New York Review of Books. Would the New Yorker come before New York Magazine, treating the final e in New Yorker as alphabetically prior to the first letter of Magazine, or would you put the New Yorker after all the others that contain New York followed by a space? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I work in a publicity department where we routinely sort back issues of national news publications. I have trouble figuring out how to sort publications with <em>New York</em> in the title: the<em> New Yorker</em>, the<em> New York Times</em>,<em> New York Magazine</em>, the<em> New York Review of Books</em>. Would the<em> New Yorker</em> come before <em>New York Magazine</em>, treating the final <em>e</em> in <em>New Yorker</em> as alphabetically prior to the first letter of <em>Magazine</em>, or would you put the<em> New Yorker</em> after all the others that contain <em>New York</em> followed by a space?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:16:48 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/PossessivesandAttributives/faq0048.html Q.&nbsp;For our work editing projects, we have had a long-standing debate over the wording “renters insurance” (as a concept). There seems to be no industry standard with regard to using an apostrophe. Which should it be? Renters’ insurance, renter’s insurance, renters insurance. <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q.&nbsp;</span>For our work editing projects, we have had a long-standing debate over the wording &ldquo;renters insurance&rdquo; (as a concept). There seems to be no industry standard with regard to using an apostrophe. Which should it be? Renters&rsquo; insurance, renter&rsquo;s insurance, renters insurance.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:14:00 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Usage/faq0312.html Q. “Your feedback is important and will help us identify ways to make the company a better workplace.” My habit is to change “ways to make” to “ways of making,” but I’m having trouble explaining why. I’ve looked in CMOS under infinitives and gerunds and elsewhere, but I can’t find a justification. Is there one, and if so, where in CMOS is it? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>&ldquo;Your feedback is important and will help us identify ways to make the company a better workplace.&rdquo; My habit is to change &ldquo;ways to make&rdquo; to &ldquo;ways of making,&rdquo; but I&rsquo;m having trouble explaining why. I&rsquo;ve looked in <em>CMOS</em> under infinitives and gerunds and elsewhere, but I can&rsquo;t find a justification. Is there one, and if so, where in <em>CMOS</em> is it?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:12:29 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ManuscriptPreparation/faq0179.html Q. Is it normal to not indent the first paragraph after subheadings? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Is it normal to not indent the first paragraph after subheadings?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:06:13 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/NoneoftheAbove/faq0036.html Q. I’m doing a report on typographic systems and thought it would be great to analyze the guide that everyone uses. I can’t find anything on who designed your style guide, what typeface was used, and why. Is there a resource you can point me to or provide the information? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>I&rsquo;m doing a report on typographic systems and thought it would be great to analyze the guide that everyone uses. I can&rsquo;t find anything on who designed your style guide, what typeface was used, and why. Is there a resource you can point me to or provide the information?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:49:49 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Alphabetizing/faq0025.html Q. We need to alphabetize a list of donors but it’s difficult to find a consistent format. Who to list first in a couple with the same last name? Jane and John Smith, if the wife is the principal donor, and John and Jane Smith if the husband is? We have the same confusion regarding couples with different last names. John Smith and Jane Doe, when he is the main donor, and Jane Doe and John Smith, when she is? And what’s the rule for alphabetizing such couples? Do you alphabetize by the first name listed or the second? Does inconsistency matter? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>We need to alphabetize a list of donors but it&rsquo;s difficult to find a consistent format. Who to list first in a couple with the same last name? Jane and John Smith, if the wife is the principal donor, and John and Jane Smith if the husband is? We have the same confusion regarding couples with different last names. John Smith and Jane Doe, when he is the main donor, and Jane Doe and John Smith, when she is? And what&rsquo;s the rule for alphabetizing such couples? Do you alphabetize by the first name listed or the second? Does inconsistency matter?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:46:11 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0309.html Q. When citing a source in Urdu for a dissertation in English do I need to transliterate with diacritics (in the notes and in the bibliography) the name of the author and the place of publishing and publication house? If so, how should I write an author’s name in the bibliography when I have two or more publications by the same author, in both English and Urdu? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>When citing a source in Urdu for a dissertation in English do I need to transliterate with diacritics (in the notes and in the bibliography) the name of the author and the place of publishing and publication house? If so, how should I write an author&rsquo;s name in the bibliography when I have two or more publications by the same author, in both English and Urdu?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:55:12 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/ProperNames/faq0045.html Q. Should the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual be italicized in the text? What about when it is referred to only as the DSM? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Should the American Psychiatric Association&rsquo;s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual be italicized in the text? What about when it is referred to only as the DSM?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:44:23 GMT http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Punctuation/faq0111.html Q. Hello, CMOS! How do I punctuate when a question mark precedes a semicolon: “Why are you writing Matt’s evaluation?; he works in Emily’s office.” CMOS 6.54 tells us what to do when the first of the closely related sentences ends with a period; it looks funny when it ends with a question mark. Clearly, I could just separate it into two sentences. But can this construction be saved? <p class="Q"><span class="Q_label">Q. </span>Hello, <em>CMOS</em>! How do I punctuate when a question mark precedes a semicolon: &ldquo;Why are you writing Matt&rsquo;s evaluation?; he works in Emily&rsquo;s office.&rdquo; <em>CMOS</em> 6.54 tells us what to do when the first of the closely related sentences ends with a period; it looks funny when it ends with a question mark. Clearly, I could just separate it into two sentences. But can this construction be saved?</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:15:32 GMT