[Air-L] Italicizing Wikipedia? CMS15 v. CMS16

Joseph Reagle joseph.2008 at reagle.org
Thu Feb 10 08:07:02 PST 2011

This is more arcane than even the citation discussion, but I wonder if anyone else has been noted how CMS16 might affect your work?

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2011 Feb 10 | Italicizing Wikipedia? CMS15 v. CMS16

   In my writing up to now, I italicize Britannica because it is a
   book. I never italicize Wikipedia or blog names because as The
   Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition notes: "websites, if titled,
   should be set in Roman, headline style, without quotation marks"
   (8.199). However, the new 16th edition says much more:

     General titles of websites mentioned or cited in text or notes
     are normally set in roman, headline-style, without quotation
     marks. An initial the in such titles should be lowercased in
     midsentence. Titled sections, pages, or special features on a
     website should be placed in quotation marks. Titles of the types
     of works discussed elsewhere in this chapter (i.e., books,
     journals, etc.) should usually be treated the same whether they
     are published in print or online. Some websites share the name
     of a printed counterpart, and others (such as Wikipedia) are
     analogous to one of the types of works discussed elsewhere in
     this chapter; these titles should be styled accordingly. (8.186)

   I presume Wikipedia should be italicized since it is done in
   Chicago's prose above. Looking for a justification, we see that in
   the documentation section for blogs:

     Titles of websites are generally set in roman without quotation
     marks and capitalized headline-style, but titles that are
     analogous to books or other types of publications may be styled
     accordingly. Titled sections or pages within a website should be
     placed in quotation marks. Specific titles of blogs—which are
     analogous to periodicals—should be set in italics; titles of
     blog entries (analogous to articles in a periodical) should be
     in quotation marks. (14.244)

   And for "Dictionaries and encyclopedias online" we see:

     Online versions of encyclopedias should be cited like their
     printed corollaries. In addition, in the absence of a posted
     publication or revision date for the cited entry, supply an
     access date. If the article includes a recommended form for the
     URL, include it; otherwise, include a short form of the URL (as
     in the second example) from which interested readers may enter
     the search term. If a DOI for the article is available, use that
     instead. (14.248)

   Now, I always feel hesitant to infer a prose guideline from the
   bibliographic guidelines, but since the change is apparent in the
   bibliographic guideline, and they give an example in the prose
   guideline, I suppose this means we should italicize online
   reference works and blogs?

   However, I don't feel quite prepared to leave the trusted 15th
   (published in 2003) and it will take a while for software (such as
   David Fussner's biblatex-chicago-notes-df) to follow.


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