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Our Newest Online Resource: The Chicago Manual of Style Online

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Library is pleased to announce the latest addition to its collection of electronic resources: The Chicago Manual of Style Online. The CMOS is accessible to Library members inside the building, as well as remotely. To get started, click the “Electronic Resources” tab on our home page, then click on the link to The Chicago Manual at the bottom left of the screen under the “General Reference” heading. (See pictures below.) Be sure to log in to the Library’s home page first if you are using it remotely.

The first editon of The Chicago Manual of Style was published in 1906, and over the last century has become a standard source for recommendations regarding style, grammar and usage, and bibliographic citation. The online version is fully-searchable, very easy to use, and includes the complete contents of the 15th and 16th print editions. That means no more hand-wringing over run-in vs. block quotations, to hyphenate or not, to use a semicolon or a comma, or the myriad other dilemmas of grammar and style that can come up while writing. The manual provides clear guidelines for citations, covering the bewildering array of sources available in the digital age (web pages vs. websites, blogs, podcasts, etc.). The online edition also includes an expanded section on bias-free language, an overview of fair use and electronic rights, an updated glossary, and the helpful and entertaining “Chicago Style Q & A,” featuring questions from readers and answers from the Chicago Manual editors.

While you are on our “Electronic Resources” page, be sure to check out the wide range of sources available to members. We have nearly 25 e-resources, encompassing reference books, historical newspapers, scholarly journals, circulating e-books, current issues of popular magazines and more. If you need any assistance, just stop by the Reference Desk from 11am-4pm or send an e-mail to


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