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Stylistic Conventions

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  • Length: no restriction, although a concise article is preferred.
  • Style: use your own style, formal or informal, in your own tone.
  • Content: your column/report/article topic, include its relevance to a technical services law librarian.
  • Submit column/report/article to:

Submission details:

  1. Submit your column/report/article using a single paragraph style (e.g., Normal) and single spaced lines, only double spacing between paragraphs. Please use "Align left" (not full) justification for your article. Do not indent at the beginning of each paragraph.
  2. Column/report/article should be submitted in MS Word.
  3. Use Times New Roman 10pt font for *everything* - you can italicize or bold or underline what you want within that font and font size. This includes your name and title of your submission. Adjustments will be made in the layout phase.
  4. Italicize anytime you use the word TSLL. Use quotes for titles of articles, educational programs, but italicize book and journal titles, and names of blogs.
  5. Use a dictionary to help you determine whether to use hyphenation in words like coordinate, or co chair, or preoccupied, or reevaluate. The dictionary many use for this is Webster's II New College Dictionary. But most any reputable dictionary will suffice.
  6. Lowercase the word web, or website.
  7. IMPORTANT: Verify the correct name/s and spelling of names of people you use in your article. Remember to grammar/spell check the article before submitting it.
  8. For lists, you can use simple numbers, or bullets, but avoid fancy indents and sub-lists. For numbered in-line listings follow this example: "The MARC field is important because: (1) most vendors rely on it; (2) it's all we have for now; (3) it's our only standard for bibliographic records; and (4) we have learned to speak MARC with each other."
  9. Please place references at the end of the column/article (use endnotes not footnotes), and especially do not number the pages.
  10. Do not hyperlink, or embed your URLs. Make them straight text please. Layout will do the embedding. Just prior to the URL use the word "at" no punctuation after that. Example: You can find more info at [If my example of this URL is hyperlinked, they shouldn't be in your article.]

Generally, I will email you when I receive your submission. As editor-in-chief I do a first read and format the article, but the associate editor will do the major proofing. If there's a major question or problem, I'll contact you. Feel free to email me for a status report if you want.

Thank you. Following these guidelines will help out your TSLL editorial staff greatly in their work!

Revised June 3, 2013