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The Chicago Manual of Style

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,957 ratings  ·  255 reviews
The 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has been superseded by the 17th edition.

The Chicago Manual of Style is the authoritative source that writers, editors, and publishers trust for guidance on style, grammar, and publishing process.

The sixteenth edition offers expanded information on producing electronic publications, including web-based content and e-books. The
Hardcover, 16th Edition, 1026 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1906)
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Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't matter if you're a fan of MLA, AP, or even (dare I say it) Franklin Covey, the Chicago Manual of Style will never let real-world writers and editors* down. Sure, at first you'll stagger through its appendix and feel overwhelmed by the layout, but rest assured, with time, you'll come to rely on it like your trusty blankey that has always been there for you through all these years.

*By real-world writers and editors, I mean that elitist class of people who poo poo on people who write for
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: editors, authors who work with editors, snarky people
My Bible.

Why did they have to change the rule about a bold or italic punctuation mark being set bold or italic according to the preceding typeface?

Why don't they include better samples of how to abbreviate journal titles for Documentation II style?

Why is the index still horrendous?

I use this book every single day, even if I'm just threatening my dog with it to get her off the furniture.
Feb 23, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Memo to Goodreads admin people: the 15th edition is old hat. Nowadays it is the 16th edition that is authoritative. The once-proud 15th edition has had its pedestal tugged out from under it. Only losers refer to the old-fashioned, outmoded, antiquated 15th edition anymore, or even hold on to their copy. Screw the 15th edition.

Please create a listing for the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. I'd like to post a review complaining that I see few differences between it and the 15th edition (wh
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers, especially of non-fiction
Recommended to Mir by: my dissertation advisor (and it was more an order than a recomme
Too heavy, too expensive, and too orange. Other than that, it is great! Very thorough and well-organized. This is the only style guide I've had where I could both locate the information I needed quickly and get a sufficiently clear and complete explanation to be sure how it applied to my own writing. ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: editors/students/authors
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: reference
Having been laid off from my happy position at Loyola University Chicago, having no luck at finding a similar position there or elsewhere and being semi-employed by a small academic publishing house, I decided to get serious about another career. So, I started publishing lots reviews and one scholarly article and began trying to drum up editorial work. Being already familiar with the MLA style, I picked up a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style and read through the whole thing. It wasn't so bad. ...more
This is the book that should be in every drawer in every hotel room. I'll get right on the phone with the Gideons. ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, editing
I’ve long been familiar with CMOS, of course, but this was my first time working all the way through it, section by section. It was also my first time teaching it, in a doctoral-level research and communication course. It is truly a magnificent tome, and even though I’ve now read every page, I will probably continue to be amazed afresh at rediscovering all it contains.
Noah Thompson
It’s kind of long and although it’s around 1000 pages it never got into style and how I should dress
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic, writing
I was working on an essay for which I had to cite a particularly bibliographically complex book; it was a commentary by Averroës, translated by one person, introduced by another, and edited by yet another poor soul. I hadn't a clue how to formulate all the relevant information in my bibliography. Throughout my psychology master’s program, it was easy: it was all APA, everything was always APA. But now I realized that, for my philosophical essays, I hadn't been conforming to any particular system ...more
Mar 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The serial comma is a beautiful, perfect thing. This book is nowhere near perfect, but there's nothing else like it. ...more
Sin Claire
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book to be revered. If more of the aspiring writers who upload their works to Kindle and Nook spent a month or two getting acquainted with its contents, they could avoid the kinds of mistakes that anger readers. Almost every reader has some grammar pet peeve. The thing that drives them up the wall may not even register with you.

There are various works online and in print that claim to be the "Bible" of self publishing. This is the only book that is Bible of the industry. Whether you ha
William Mego
Can you read a style guide?
Yes. The middle parts of them are essentially books on grammar.
This is the best of them.
Daniel Hiland
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a sucker for large, thick, scholarly works, especially if they cover some subject I'm interested in- not that this M.O. has always met with the best of results.

Take Black's Law Dictionary, for example. Back in the day, when I was studying to become a legal assistant, I was grabbing any volume that looked like it would help decipher legalese- and when I saw Black's, clocking in at 3-4" in girth, I thought I'd found THE AUTHORITY on all words legal- but soon discovered that not o
Serena W. Sorrell
Review for 17th edition:
This is--by far--a better edition than the last. In addition to making some much needed revisions, gender identity pronouns and updated practices have been added. Overall, the style is smoother and more user friendly than the last edition, which was overly dry most of the time and made for a difficult once through read. As this is my primary textbook and resource for the copyediting program I'm currently enrolled in (not to mention the field once I graduate) I find readin
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both useful and delightful for anyone interested in writing or the making of books.
The ultimate style ref :)
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At my fancy new freelance gig there is often some downtime between jobs, which, after having examined all of the house style guides multiple times I decided to use to review the CMoS, since I haven’t actually had to use it in a while. And that, dear reader, is how I ended up reading the entire Chicago Manual of Style, Fifteenth Edition, by the University of Chicago Press, cover to cover. (Yes, I know that’s not how style guides are mean to be read.) (And yes, I know there are sixteen editions, b ...more
Adam Tripodi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Either a person likes the MLA or APA format, The Chicago Manual Style can never let a writer down. It might be heavy on the pocket, but it is one of the most thorough and well-organised books I have ever read. The book is straightforward to understand. An individual can effortlessly locate the desired information, and it will be elaborated in detail for the writer to apply to their work. After a thorough read of the book, I could differentiate between British and American concords better than be ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Chicago >>>> (by orders of magnitude) MLA or APA*. And this is the best reference ever: what to do if an author translates her/his own work into another language? how to alphabetize that writer with 3 last names? what about that quote gathered from the annals of a local community committee council that seems to have no publisher? No need to fret, the Chicago Manual of Style's got your back.

* Still embittered that I couldn't convince my advisor to allow me to use Chicago (ugh, APA is really the w
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my students gave me a Barnes and Noble gift certificate at the end of school term. It was enough to cover the hefty price of this manual. I have been wanting to buy this for a long time and I will be using it for years, so the price is really not as great as the value.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess I can't really say that I've read this book, but I've definitely used it. Few books have kept me up later into the night. When you find a really great exposition on dashes and hyphens, who needs sleep??? ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, so I didn't actually read every single word, but I did go through this thoroughly as part of a class on editing.

The Bible. Accept no substitutes.

(And if you don't use Oxford commas, there is just no hope for you.)
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I'll admit I have not read it cover to cover... ...more
Shockingly readable. It was work-related anyway!
Craig Pearson
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Very dry subject matter. Bad memories of all the writing needed for my master's program. I understand the need for conformity but my simple mind could not get past the complex rules of writing. ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Don't edit copy without it. ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is never a question left unanswered. In a world of uncertainty, this is our foundation.
Nicole Sampson
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is very well organized and easy to use. The online version is even easier because of the search option.
Jessica Lucas
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a Bachelor's degree in Education, with three years of research and teaching experience under my belt. Having a bibliography was something that I was concerned about when I started my education. A bibliography is basically a list of all the sources used in your paper. The Chicago format guide helps you with bibliographies, although there is also a short discussion of using the Chicago reference page, as well as bibliography guidelines.

As part of the Chicago style guide for students, you ar
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