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Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of StyleIn 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 The Chicago Manual of Style, an essential reference for authors, editors, and publishers in any field.
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Words into Type
Words into Type
is the definitive text for questions of manuscript protocol, style, grammar, and usage. For those who find The Chicago Manual of Style a bit cumbersome, Words Into Type will be a welcome reference guide. If you deal with words, this is a wonderfully edifying, reassuring fount of clarity.
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Associated Press Style Book
Whether you're a student or a professional writer on a quest for perfection, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law is always ready to fill the role of trusted advisor. This version contains a 40-page section on media law, guides for punctuation and bibliographies, and specialized glossaries for business.
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New York Times Manual of Style
"A foolish consistency," Emerson insisted, "is the hobgoblin of little minds." That may well be, but editors have enough reasons to reject your work; don't let sloppy inconsistencies be one of them. The New York Times Manual of Style & Usage was written for the paper's editors, but it is a fine resource for anyone's use.
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Lapsing Into a Comma
For lovers of language, Lapsing Into a Comma is a sensible and very funny guide to the technicalities of writing and copy editing. Author Bill Walsh, chief copy editor in the business section of the Washington Post, humorously discusses the changing rules of proper print style in the information age.
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Guide To Style and Usage
The purpose of this guide is to help writers and editors navigate today's world of electronic publishing. The guide covers current English usage, with special attention given to bias-free language and commonly misused words; grammar, with an emphasis on controversial issues; and much more.
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