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Style Guidelines:

Citation Style: The Cine-Files follows Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, using endnotes, with Arabic (not Roman) numerals. If your endnotes cover all bibliographic information, we do not require an additional bibliography.

Spelling: We permit writers to use their native spelling conventions.

Punctuation: We ask that all writers conform to U.S. punctuation conventions. For example, we require double quotation marks for quoted material, and single quotation marks for quotes within those quotes. Commas and periods typically go inside the quotation marks.

     For example, correct use of quotation marks within an essay:
     “Economic systems,” according to Professor White, “are an inevitable byproduct of civilization, and are, as John Doe said, ‘with us whether we want them or not.’”

     A good guide to clarify U.S. punctuation conventions:

Block quotes: A prose quotation of five or more lines should be blocked (each line indented). A block quotation does not get enclosed in quotation marks. Quotes within a block quote would appear in double quotation marks.

Images: You may use images within your essay. We ask you to use no more than 6 images, unless you have a special case for including more. Images must be emailed separately as JPGs rather than embedded into your MS Word doc. In the doc, just indicate in all caps “FIG. 1: CAPTION TEXT” in the space where you want the image to appear.

Film clips: You may include a film clip within your text as well. We work with Critical Commons— If you upload your film clip to their site and send us the link, we can embed it in your essay. You can find all the details on their site, but they require a short paragraph of critical commentary (you can copy that from your essay) to justify the clip as fair use.