Building Your Digital Library (Abridged)


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Editors and writers <em>need</em> resources. Who's online and how to evaluate what you find.

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Building Your Digital Library (Abridged)

  1. 1. BUILDING YOUR DIGITAL LIBRARYErin Brenner, EditorCopyediting newsletter
  2. 2. WHO’S ONLINE: GRAMMAR WEBSITES Grammarphobia: Patricia T. O’Conner, author of Woe Is I, and Stewart Kellerman, an in-the-trenches journalist, answer questions daily on their blog, and they have amassed a wonderful collection of wisdom. Grammar Girl: Mignon Fogarty has been doing her podcast for more than a while now, too, and has quite a database of information. Guide to Grammar and Writing: The Capital Community College Foundation has a wonderful site of lessons and quizzes. 2
  3. 3. WHO’S ONLINE: LINGUISTICS WEBSITES Language Log: Several smart linguists kill zombie rules and ask serious questions about the language we use. Language Hat: Stephen Dodson puts on his language hat and digs in. Arrant Pedantry: Linguistics graduate student Jonathon Owen is a great resource for copyeditors. 3
  4. 4. WHO’S ONLINE: RAW DATA COLLECTIONS Google products:  Google News  Google Books  Google Ngram Viewer  Google Scholar Corpus of Contemporary American English British National Corpus Directory of Open Access Journals 4
  5. 5. WHO’S ONLINE: NEW WORDS AND JARGONNew words:  Oxford Dictionaries Online’s What’s New page.  Merriam-Webster’s newsletter.  Double-Tongued Dictionary.  Word Spy.Jargon:  Jargon is tough because it’s so narrow. The jargon you come across will depend on the industry you’re editing in. I’ve got a couple of examples for more general-interest jargon. But check industry organizations for jargon lists for your industry.  Double-Tongued Dictionary.  City Dictionary. 5
  6. 6. WHO’S ONLINE: SLANGSlang:  Urban Dictionary (NSFW).  Double-Tongued Dictionary. 6
  7. 7. START YOUR FACT-CHECKINGUse primary resources whenever possible:  Company websites (esp. the sections written by the legal department).  Industry organizations.  Government websites. 7
  8. 8. GENERAL-INTEREST FACT-CHECKINGRESOURCESSome of my favorite helpers:  CIA’s World Factbook: What doesn’t the CIA know about geography?  Library of Congress’s Guide to Law Online: This site can help you find chapter and verse on a federal or state law.  United States Patent and Trademark Office. 8
  9. 9. WHO’S ONLINE: SOCIAL MEDIA Chicago Manual of Style: @ChicagoManual CUP copyeditor Carol Saller: @CFSaller AP: @APStylebook AMA: @AMAManual Merriam-Webster: @MerriamWebster Peter Sokolowski: @PeterSokolowski ODO: @OxfordWords Jesse Sheidlower: @jessesheidlower Katherine O’Moore-Klopf: @KOKEdit John McIntyre: @johnemcyntyre 9
  10. 10. CONSULTING AUTHORITIES ONLINE Trust your instincts. When judging for yourself, look for:  Resources created by those with academic credentials.  Writers who back up their theories with scientific data.  Resources that don’t have a vested interest in pushing their terms.  Opinions to represent what you find in the wild.  Opinions that are held by more than one person. 10
  11. 11. IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?Things to consider:  How often do I use this reference?  Does it help me do my job faster?  Does it help me make more accurate decisions?  Do I often need the reference when I’m not near my books? Do I need my library to be more accessible?  Are there other benefits to using digital resources? 11
  12. 12. IF YOU ANSWERED …No:  Borrow the book.  Purchase the book.Maybe:  Sign up for a free trial.  Sign up for a short-term subscription.  Charge the client for the subscription.  Purchase the e-book, if available.  Deduct the costs from your tax bill. 12
  13. 13. THANK YOU! Questions? Contact me: Get all my links through Delicious: Check out my Google Library: Find me on:Facebook: Twitter: 13LinkedIn: