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Citation standards

When quoting from a book, I recommend the following citation style:

"This is the quotation. It can be long or short."
- Section Name, "Chapter Name and Number", Sub-book name, Book Name


- Prologue, "Concerning Hobbits", FoTR, LOTR

- Quenta Silmarilion, "XIII - Of the Return of the Noldor", Silm

- Late Writings, 'The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The Peoples of Middle-earth, HoMe XII

This will help the uninitiated to figure out not only that something is from The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, but also where in the conpendium that particular essay may be found.




Re: Citation standards

While I agree the citation style should be uniform, I 'd prefer a descending hierarchy: Work (Vol. + nr.), Section, Chapter. This reflects the logical search order ( the first thing you do is to pick the book from your shelf), so I feel this should be mentioned first.

-Silmarillion, QS, Ch. 19*, 'Of Beren and Luthien'
-The Peoples of Middle-earth (HoMe 12*), Late Writings, 'The Shibboleth of Feanor'

* my books have Arabic numerals here.




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