March Meeting Report: Online Resources

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Favourite online resources mentioned at the meeting included Editing Canadian English, a quick citation guide from the Chicago Manual of Style Online, and a tool for capitalizing titles.

Association News

The session line-up for the Editors Canada Conference in Vancouver, June 10 to 12, has been announced. Be sure to check it out!

Note that the Editors Canada AGM will be held Saturday, June 11; the National Executive Council is investigating options for electronic participation, so members can ask questions and vote from anywhere.

Missed the Twitter Chat on House Styles? Check out the Storify recap.

Round Table Topic: Online Resources for Editors (and Writers)

Whether it’s a thesaurus app or a webinar to expand our editing business, editors in Canada use online resources every day. Members of Editors Kingston met on Wednesday, March 9,  to discuss favourite digital resources – those they rely on to complete projects quickly and reliably and to stay at the forefront of the editing industry.

Some Top Picks

Learning even one new online resource can save you time down the road. For instance, if you’re editing a headline or title, check out the TitleCap tool to properly and automatically capitalize titles in your content, depending on the style guide you’re following.

Writing or editing for academic journals, books, or other publications that include bibliographies or reference lists? Check out the Chicago Style Quick Citation Guide for clear examples of how to cite sources using both the notes and bibliography and author-date documentation systems. Looking up how to cite anything from a website to an email is right at your fingertips. While many editors use the print version of Chicago, those who prefer to work electronically (or those who work with two computer monitors) subscribe to the online edition. An individual subscription costs $35/year, and a free 30-day trial is available. The quick guide is a free tool available from the Chicago Manual of Style Online (on Twitter @ChicagoManual) and is a must-have for anyone writing or editing in the digital age.

The site also devotes several pages to Chicago Style Q&A (also free, new questions and answers every month). It has a very good search function, and the answers incorporate a sense of humour.

Editing Canadian English from Editors Canada is another must-have online resource for editors in this country. An online subscription is available for a free 30-day trial; after this, the cost is $35/year (or $25/year for Editors Canada members).

Are you an editor and avid user of Facebook or social media? If so, you might enjoy the discussions that take place on the Facebook group Editors’ Association of Earth. Subscribe to the EAE Backroom group, meet editors around the world, and talk about the issues and challenges that we all share. If you prefer to read email, Editors Canada offers an email forum for discussing all things editorial. You’ll find it in the Members area of the association’s website.

Other Favourites

Interested in more online tips and resources for your editing work? Here are some other favourites shared by those at the meeting:

Merriam-Webster: A trusted American dictionary and thesaurus; also available as an app.

Tandem Editing: A downloadable list of grammar and style resources compiled at a get-together of U.S. editors and generously shared by Kyra Freestar.

Copyediting: A website and brand that shares tips, job links, webinars, a weekly e-newsletter and other useful resources. Incorporates content from the now-defunct The Editorial Eye. Can be especially helpful for those just starting out in editing.

Jane Friedman: Information on how to publish, resources and books for writers, a blog, online classes, and more.

Peter Sokolowski: Follow this Merriam-Webster lexicographer on Twitter for commentary on words and language and news about what lookups are “spiking.”

Sentence first: “An Irishman’s blog about the English language,” written by Stan Carey.

Freelance Writing Jobs: Writing tips, resources, and jobs – all geared to freelance writing.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab: Writing and teaching resources, style guides, and more.

Instant Estimate from Kingston freelance editor Adrienne Montgomerie. Enter the word count of your project, and this handy tool will estimate the time required for one round of each type of editing (substantive and developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading) and a cost estimate (in Can$).

Grade-level Science Vocabulary List for Science Writers and Editors: How to write science at a level that kids can understand.

OKAPI! This Internet application for creating curriculum-based reading probes lets you determine whether your content is directed at the appropriate audience and age group. It’s also helpful for text written for a general audience.

Master List of Logical Fallacies: Determine whether a writer’s argument is faulty, fake, or deceptive.

Wolfram Alpha: Calculate, or learn about, just about anything in 32 widely different categories.

Google Fight: Type two keywords and find out which one gets more visibility on Google.

Ngram Viewer: Graphs the frequency of a word, term, or phrase in a corpus of books over selected years.

Beyond the Book: Listen to podcasts on the business of writing and editing, including the changing world of publishing.

The Kindle Chronicles: The Friday podcast all about Kindles and ebooks. Hear about changes in technology and where the publishing industry is headed.

Explorations of Style: A well-organized blog with in-depth discussion about academic writing.

LEGISinfo: Provides information on current legislation before Parliament as well as legislation from other parliamentary sessions.

Coming in April: Authors Talk Editing

Spread the word! On April 13, we will host a panel of Kingston-area authors — Shelley Tanaka, Melanie Dugan, and Ian Coutts — talking about their experiences working with editors.

Note: For this event, we’ll move from our regular meeting space to the Tett Centre, so we can accommodate a bigger group. There will be a $10 charge (waived for Editors Canada members) to help offset the event costs.

Thanks to Karen Richardson for the Round Table write-up.

Thanks to Stephanie Stone for providing copyediting and for collecting links ahead of the meeting.

Photo by Wavebreakmedia.

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