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Learning Exercise

Material: The Chicago Manual of Style FAQ (and not so FAQ)
Submitted by: Joyce Brotton on Jul 14, 2002
Date Last Modified: Aug 16, 2002
Title: Chicago Manual of Style FAQ. Add on Assignment for Editing Quotations
Description: Information contained in the FAQ can be used to solve editing problems. The Chicago Manual represents a credible authority for establishing sound editing practices. This exercise offers help with editing for punctuation and added material within quotations.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required Twenty minutes, depending upon prior familiarity with research techniques
Topics: Use of a Resource as Editing Authority, Punctuation within Quotations, Use of Brackets within Quotations
Course: Editing for the Professional (Technical Editing)
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School
Prerequisites Skills: Basic familiarity with grammar and standard English usage within U.S. publications.
Learning Objectives: Develop ability to scan and locate solutions to editing controversies within a reliable publishing authority, such as The Chicago Manual of Style.
Technical Notes: Can type responses directly into Blackboard Optional Exercise or save to submit for Assignment 7, Month 4, Selected Homework
Text of Learning Exercise:

Go to the URL shown above for The Chicago Manual of Style FAQ.

Scan the Index on the left of the page for quotations.
Open and review Questons and Answers. Now, solve the following editing problems:

  1. How are the following punctuation marks shown when used as end quotation punctuation within documents printed in the United States?

    a. commas

    b. semicolons

    c. colons

    d. periods

  2. What is the purpose of using brackets within a quotation?

  3. How would you show that bracketed material was provided by a previous writer?

  4. What will you do as an editor if your author needs to add his or her own bracketed material to a quotation that already contains bracketed comments contributed by a previous writer?

Enjoy this exercise. If you discover a new gem of editing knowledge in these FAQs, you may submit it along with the exercise answers for extra credit towards your homework requirement.
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