Citation, Documentation of Sources

Q. Try as I might, I cannot find anything in CMOS about whether to include first edition statements in a bibliography. There is a section on “editions other than the first,” which makes me think including statements of first editions is unnecessary. What say you?

Q. While developing a bibliography, I came across a book whose title was different for the first edition than for later editions. How should this be indicated in a bibliography?

Q. Hi! How would you cite an art exhibition in notes-bibliography style? I can’t find it in CMOS.

Q. I am editing an online book for a legal nonprofit. The editors cite some of the material as being reprinted with the author’s permission. Because the book is online, is “republished” the correct term versus “reprinted”?

Q. How does one cite the place of publication of an older book issued in a city whose name or nation has since changed? For example, a book might describe itself on its title page as having been published in Pressburg (now Bratislava) or in Straßburg, Germany (now Strasbourg, France). Should I give the place as it existed when the book was published or as it exists now?

Q. Dear Chicago editors: What should I do if my source appeared in a newspaper (which I cannot reach today), but is featured on a website? How can I give credit to both the paper and the website? The article is something I found on the website of Columbia journalism professor Samuel Freedman.

Q. CMOS 14.233 calls for URLs to be included in citations of online reference entries. But in the case of the OED (and probably other such premium sources), the URL will not work unless you have either a personal subscription or institutional access via a proxy server. So . . . what to do? Forgo the URL?

Q. My students are trying to figure out how to properly cite the Mayflower Compact (1620), and we cannot figure it out! Do you have any insight?

Q. Hello. Does CMOS have a recommended format for citing your own work? Some of our students do get permission to cite their previous papers/essays, and I can’t find a proper format to follow. Thanks.

Q. I have a work written by the Duke of Argyll on Queen Victoria. I assume the citation of his name would be “Argyll, Duke of.” However, should the number of the duke be included to differentiate (i.e., 9th duke in this case)? The book does not list the family name at all, though it is John Douglas Sutherland Campbell. How would one write the bibliographic entry?