The Columbia Guide to Online Style is the standard resource for citing electronic and electronically accessed sources. It is also a critical style guide for creating documents electronically for submission for print or electronic publication.
Updated and expanded, this guide now explains how to cite technologies such as Web logs and pod casts; provides more guidance on translating the elements of Columbia Online Style (COS) citations for use with existing print-based formats (such as MLA, APA, and Chicago); and features additional guidelines for producing online and print documents based on new standards of markup language and publication technologies.
This edition also includes new bibliographic styles for humanities and scientific projects; examples of footnotes and endnotes for Chicago-style papers; greater detail regarding in-text and parenthetic reference and footnote styles; an added chapter on how to locate and evaluate sources for research in the electronic age; and new examples for citing full-text or full-image articles from online library databases, along with information on how to credit the source of graphics and multimedia files.
Staying ahead of rapidly evolving technologies, The Columbia Guide to Online Style continues to be a vital tool for online researchers.
"In the last five years new editions of the standard manuals of style and citation have appeared, which writers, publishers, librarians and academics hoped would give authoritative answers to the troublesome questions posed by electronic media. But none of these guides adequately addressed the crucial changes brought on by the World Wide Web.... With its index and annotated glossary, this guide is an excellent supplement to the standard style manuals." — Library Journal
"The Columbia Guide to Online Style is the go-to resource... [And] Has become the standard reference for online citations and remains a vital companion." — Interactions
"The Columbia Guide to Online Style is essential for all academic, special, public, and school libraries." — American Reference Books Annual
"Researchers are increasingly turning to online sources, yet when it comes to citing those sources, style guides fail to cover all the possibilities. The one exception is the Columbia Guide to Online Style. Online media are constantly changing, always producing new methods of communication, and this guide keeps up with them& mdash;for example, citation guidance for courseware, blogs, and wikis, and one of the best summations that I have seen of the relationship between plagiarism, copyright, and intellectual property. I wish everyone could read this book." — Rebecca Moore Howard, associate professor of writing and rhetoric, The Writing Program, Syracuse University
"The arrival of this second edition of The Columbia Guide to Online Style will be very welcome news to anyone who writes and publishes articles, books, hypertexts, and even multimedia projects. Janice Walker and Todd Taylor are supremely qualified to lead us through the tangled wilderness of online style, providing common sense and well-reasoned principles for producing professional quality texts. Their focus is not simply writing for the Web or citing electronic sources, but& mdash;and this may be their smartest move& mdash;on the many forms there may be in the life of a text& mdash;from print to screen. The book complements discipline-specific citation guides without confusing or complicating standards, interpreting them for students and professional writers and editors.
There are only a few books I keep close by when I'm writing, copyediting, or designing a book. The Columbia Guide to Online Style will be one of them. I hope all authors use this edition as religiously as I will." — David Blakesley, professor of English and director of professional writing, Purdue University
"Nothing I have seen approaches The Columbia Guide to Online Style in meeting the needs of those who want to cite as well as produce documents for electronic publication. This book fills the many gaps that APA, MLA, and Chicago fail to cover." — Susanna Pathak, Virginia Commonwealth University
List of Figures and Tables
Part 1. Locating and Citing Source Materials
Chapter 1. Research in the Electronic Age
Chapter 2. The Logic of Citation
Chapter 3. Citing Electronic Sources in the Humanities
Chapter 4. Citing Electronic Sources in the Sciences
Part 2. Preparing Manuscripts for Print and Electronic Publication
Chapter 5. The Logic of Document Style
Chapter 6. Creating Documents for Print
Chapter 7. Creating Documents for Electronic Publication
Appendix A. Starting Points for Online Research
Appendix B. File Extensions
Appendix C. Abbreviations
Appendix D. Other Documentation Styles
Appendix E. Selected Bibliography
Appendix F. ISO Latin-1 Characters and Control Characters