- In general, encyclopedia entries should follow the recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.)
- Acronyms and abbreviations should be defined, unless they are well known (such as FBI) or in the dictionary.
- Quotes should include an in-text citation (with page numbers) to the original source.
- Your entry should not include footnotes or endnotes.
- Avoid sex-specific terminology and the use of man or men as a generic term for human being.
- Avoid male or female pronouns to describe individuals or people in general and use third person plural (e.g. their) whenever possible.
- Please give an individual’s full name including initials on first usage. Thereafter, refer to both men and women by their last name.
- Double-spacing should be used.
- No automatic hyphenation.
- Spelling should be in American-style English. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is recommended.
- For Further Reading and References, use the following format:
Book: Kelly, Michael R. Cheshire’s First Catholics, Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 1877.
Book (two authors): Cone, J.D., and S.L. Stewart. Stories of Cheshire Farmers. New Haven. Yale University Press. 1931.
Journal or newspaper article: Cornell, Edith. “Lock 12 Attracts Visitor to Cheshire.” New Haven Register, November 09, 1980.
Chapter in a book: Smith, Nettie. “Life in Cheshire” in Aftermath of the Civil War, edited by John Hall, 461-491. New York, Macmillan Press, 1872.
Editor of a book: Moore, Muriel, ed. Old Cheshire Folktales. Cheshire. Self-published. 1799.
Online: Uttal, Will. “How to Submit Entries” Authors’ Guidelines (Online) Available: http:/www.oregonencyclopedia.edu.
- Bias, opinion, promotion, personal feelings (except in essays and oral history)
- Bulleted lists
- Ending the entry with a summary.
- Use of the first person
- Numerous quotations and in-text citations
- Rhetorical questions