The Fifteenth Edition is available in book form and as a subscription Website. The same content from "The Chicago Manual of Style" is in both versions. In the 1890s, a proofreader at the University of Chicago Press prepared a single sheet of typographic fundamentals intended as a guide for the University community. That sheet grew into a pamphlet ...Read MoreThe Fifteenth Edition is available in book form and as a subscription Website. The same content from "The Chicago Manual of Style" is in both versions. In the 1890s, a proofreader at the University of Chicago Press prepared a single sheet of typographic fundamentals intended as a guide for the University community. That sheet grew into a pamphlet, and the pamphlet grew into a book--the first edition of the "Manual of Style," published in 1906. Now in its fifteenth edition, "The Chicago Manual of Style"--the essential reference for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers in any field--is more comprehensive and easier to use than ever before. Those who work with words know how dramatically publishing has changed in the past decade, with technology now informing and influencing every stage of the writing and publishing process. In creating the fifteenth edition of the "Manual," Chicago's renowned editorial staff drew on direct experience of these changes, as well as on the recommendations of the "Manual"'s first advisory board, composed of a distinguished group of scholars, authors, and professionals from a wide range of publishing and business environments. Every aspect of coverage has been examined and brought up to date--from publishing formats to editorial style and method, from documentation of electronic sources to book design and production, and everything in between. In addition to books, the "Manual" now also treats journals and electronic publications. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by technology, use new methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources. A new chapter covers American English grammar and usage, outlining the grammatical structure of English, showing how to put words and phrases together to achieve clarity, and identifying common errors. The two chapters on documentation have been reorganized and updated: the first now describes the two main systems preferred by Chicago, and the second discusses specific elements and subject matter, with examples of both systems. Coverage of design and manufacturing has been streamlined to reflect what writers and editors need to know about current procedures. And, to make it easier to search for information, each numbered paragraph throughout the "Manual" is now introduced by a descriptive heading. Clear, concise, and replete with commonsense advice, "The Chicago Manual of Style," fifteenth edition, offers the wisdom of a hundred years of editorial practice while including a wealth of new topics and updated perspectives. For anyone who works with words, whether on a page or computer screen, this continues to be the one reference book you simply must have. What's new in the Fifteenth Edition: * Updated material throughout to reflect current style, technology, and professional practice * Scope expanded to include journals and electronic publications * Comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (author of "A Dictionary of Modern American Usage") * Updated and rewritten chapter on preparing mathematical copy * Reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, including guidance on citing electronic sources * Streamlined coverage of current design and production processes, with a glossary of key terms * Descriptive headings on all numbered paragraphs for ease of reference * New diagrams of the editing and production processes for both books and journals, keyed to chapter discussions * New, expanded Web site with special tools and features for "Manual" users at www.chicagomanualofstyle.org.Read Less
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I have two masters degrees so I have written a lot of papers and I have published over 20 journal articles, book chapters as well as edited several newsletters and other publications. In this work, I have used only the AMA and APA style books but I have known about the Chicago Manual of Style for decades. Now I bought it as a resource for a new book chapter I am revising. I wish I had looked at this book earlier as it is very clearly organized and the advice is also clearly written. The index makes accessing the information you need easy as opposed to guesswork when you are unsure of what to do.
The book was in mint condition when I got quickly after I placed my order online.
I am glad I bought it ans I am very pleased with the purchase experience on all levels.
Aug 16, 2012
This volume needs no review. It is the 15th edition of the authoritative manual of style, widely accepted as the standard for the English language. This addition builds on its foundation and expands to encompass modern methods and publishing media.
The volume is in excellent physical condition.
Feb 23, 2012
A second copy for the office
I purchased this Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition as a second copy for the office, just in case someone permanently "borrows" it (so I'm not out of much money). It's that popular!
I have the 16th edition and subscribe to the online edition as well, and it truly is the literary "Bible" of the western world! Aside from the Associated Press Stylebook, this is a must have for writers (non-fiction, fiction and otherwise!) and journalists.
The 15th edition seems to cover electronic publishing (which I thought was only in the 16th edition) but of course the latest edition is fatter and better. Nonetheless, you can't go wrong with either.
Aug 23, 2007
The Best for History Majors
Don't waste your time with pocket guides that faculty members ask you to buy every year... just get the mother of all reference guides for advanced history students who use Chicago style for citations and bibliographies, as well as authors and editors. I can't tell you how useful thIs has been for me in writing my graduate thesis, and it will probably come in just as handy down the road. You won't need another style guide for probably 15 or 20 years (between editions).
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