Citing Reference Works 8: English-Language Dictionaries

In addition to discipline-specific reference works, scholarly authors frequently need to cite more general authorities such as English-language dictionaries. This type of work has its own citation rules, which this post will address. First, however, we wish to reiterate which dictionary SBL Press prefers and how it is to be used. As indicated in the SBLHS section on spelling, … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 8: English-Language Dictionaries

Citing Reference Works 7: Greek Language Tools

The previous post (here) covered common Hebrew language tools; this one does the same for Greek tools. Although the principles are essentially the same for both groups, one will notice that fewer standard Greek works are cited by abbreviation. In spite of this, one should refer to section numbers whenever possible, to ensure the most … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 7: Greek Language Tools

Citing Reference Works 6: Hebrew Language Tools

This post and the following one focus on citing common language tools. Although one may reference such works like any other volume, SBL Press prefers a different approach that favors economy and specificity. For the sake of economy we recommend citing many of these reference works by abbreviation, not by full bibliographical listing. Our preference … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 6: Hebrew Language Tools

Citing Reference Works 5: Topical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Earlier posts discussed how to cite lexica (here) and dictionaries with more extensive articles on lexical entries (here). The present post shifts the focus slightly to another genre of reference work: topical dictionaries and encyclopedias. Although one might imagine that an encyclopedia is generally more substantive than a dictionary, the use of the terms dictionary … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 5: Topical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Citing Reference Works 2: Lexica

The previous post (here) laid the foundation for the discussions to follow by identifying three sets of distinctions: entries versus articles; signed versus unsigned pieces; and an authored versus an edited work. In terms of those distinctions, this post on lexica (the preferred plural of lexicon) pertains to dictionary-type works containing unsigned entries in both … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 2: Lexica

Citing Reference Works 1

Authors and copyeditors frequently wonder how best to cite dictionaries, encyclopedias, lexica, and grammars. Although SBLHS §§6.3.6 (An Article in an Encyclopedia or a Dictionary) and 6.3.7 (An Article in a Lexicon or a Theological Dictionary) offer some help, a number of specifics remain unclear. To bring clarity to the issue, the SBLHS blog will … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 1