Classical Resources for Writing

Resources for Writing

There are a few different models for formatting papers (called styles or style sheets): social sciences (APA [social sciences]), Harvard system, MLA, and Chicago. These come in variations as well. I personally like Chicago (12 pt. body, 10 pt. footnotes rather than endnotes, 1 inch margins all around).

Here is a general style sheet for Chicago. The hard-bound library copy of Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) is the best reference text for this, but you can find details pertaining to it online. You can get a sense of the style by looking up recent articles published in Classical Philology (published at U. Chicago).

EndNote (for PC and Mac) is the best way to insure that your citation system (notes and bibliography) are in good order. I've been using it for a few years now and can't imagine writing a paper without it.

How to set up a long document in MS Word

Other useful links: UC Berkeley Library, Brown University Writing CenterPrinceton's Writing Center and MIT Writing Center (both worth visiting; the latter is very process-oriented), Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), Madison Writing Center - U Wisconsin, Jack Lynch's writing resources page (a gold mine) and his Grammar and Style Guide page.

For abbreviations, use the OCD (Oxford Classical Dictionary), which has a list in the front; this is contained in the online version (in Past Masters; check under, e.g., Ar., Aristoph. to find titles abbreviated, etc.); where this gives out, look for them in LSJ (online) or, failing that, DGE (see the Abbreviations section of the Resources pages).

Dictionaries:
  • OED
  • ALD (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary — highly recommended for usage: may or might? susceptible to or of?)
  • Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary — also excellent
  • OneLook Dictionaries (one-stop shopping)
  • Roget's Thesaurus (at Bartleby's; 1922 edn., quite full) (Roget's II; skimpy). My favorite is the Third International Edition, which you can buy for one cent from Amazon. OP.
  • Fowler's English Usage (2nd edn.). The rev. edn. by Gowers is still in print.
  • The Grammarist, online resource for basic English language usage
  • Quirk et al.Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language
No writing is safe unless it is backed up. Google Drive, DropBox, iCloud, SkyDrive, and SugarSync (my personal favorite) all provide free amounts of storage.


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