I recently purchased the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.  This was partially due to Tom Jones’s urging at SLIG but also because issues kept coming up which (I was told) could be answered within the CMOS, as it is sometimes referred. Why did I need CMOS when I had Elizabeth Shown Mills’s Evidence Explained? 
Major Misconception: CMOS is only about citation form.
My copy arrived while I was at SLIG and I am amazed at the information it contains. And, I am equally amazed that this book is not in more genealogist’s libraries.
Some sections are particularly interesting to me…
- The parts of a book. Since I am doing more self publishing and publishing for clients, I am finding this section validating and helpful.
- How to proof your work. I think this will be very helpful as I get closer to BCG submission.
- Tables and illustrations. I was learning from examples published in NGSQ etc. but here is how to do them.
- Copyright information. While I look to Judy Russell’s blog and webinars to education me, it’s nice to have this as a backstop.
- Little things. The authors discuss when to write out numbers and when they can be in numerical form, when certain words are capitalized and when not, and how to handle quotations.
- and of course, citations.
There is also an e-book but the hard copy will suffice–for now.
What I have done since the last post: cleaned up my desk after reinstalling my desktop computer, discussed with hubby my criteria for a laptop computer, worked at the SGS Library as a volunteer, wrote up my interview with Jeanne Bloom, the Spring Seminar SGS speaker and worked on my case study. I also ordered and received Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style. I had a copy but my daughter “shopped” my library and now has it in hers. The color of the cover of the CMOS is actually a light turquoise–very distinctive on my shelf. My thoughts are with those of you in the Midwest and East as the storm comes your way. Stay safe.
 University of Chicago Press, The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). See p. 701, CMOS for this citation.
 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007).