Style Sheet

A few basic conventions are provided here; more detailed information may be found in the Style Guides for individual topics listed below. Please check your submissions to ensure compliance with these rules before you submit.

Style Guides

Citations (PDF)

General (PDF)

Names and Terms (PDF)

Song Titles (PDF)

Reviewers Guide (PDF)

General Rules

We use the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) for general rules, with a few exceptions specified here.


We use the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date system of in-text citations with a Works Cited list and minimal end notes.


We use the Merriam-Webster dictionary, available at no charge online at