Individual volumes in The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (Gelb et al. 1956–2010; = CAD) are sometimes cited by letter (e.g., Š), sometimes by volume number (e.g., 17). Both formats are correct, in that they point readers to the volume in view, but SBL Press prefers the latter for reasons of economy.
For example, one might cite the entry for the word šamaškillu as follows:
CAD Š, part 1, 299–301.
However, it is much simpler to cite the volume and part by number:
Several aspects of the latter citation are worth emphasizing:
- In an abbreviation + volume citation, no punctuation (e.g., comma) is used between the abbreviation and the volume number. This formatting is different from an abbreviation followed by only a page number (e.g., ANET, 319).
- When a volume has several parts (e.g., CAD 17 has three), use a period between the volume number and the part number.
- In a volume + page citation, use a colon between the volume and page numbers, with no space on either side of the colon.
Readers (or copy editors) wishing to consult CAD can do so easily, thanks to the Oriental Institute’s posting of all volumes online here.
Gelb, Ignace J., et al. 1956–2010. The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. 21 vols. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.