Friday, April 25, 2008
The editors of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation are preparing the next edition of their citation guide. They are asking users to complete a rather long and tedious survey on what to improve in The Bluebook.
I made it through only 40% of the survey myself. But if you are in the mood to help out the Bluebook editors and you have a few minutes to complete the survey (for example, you will do ANYTHING to avoid grading papers), then click here.
As an "incentive" to fill our the survey, the editors will select 10 responses at random to receive a free copy of the next edition and a one-year subscription to the online version. Although surveys must be received by June 30, 2008, it will take the Bluebook editors two months to select 10 random responses -- they say that they will notify the winners of the contest by September 1, 2008.
I asked one of my students what suggestions he would have for the editors of The Bluebook -- he said that he would suggest giving them copies of the ALWD Citation Manual, which is much easier to use.
Hat tip to Ed Richards and Tracy McGaugh, and thanks to my student for his good advice to the Bluebook editors!