Appendix: Style Guide

Publishers use style guides to maintain consistency throughout a given text and to ensure that  authors use preferred conventions. Similarly, this style guide exists to maintain consistency within and across transcriptions so that texts may be easily searchable and navigated.

This style guide conforms to American English and is based on the Chicago Manual of Style. These arbitrary restrictions help improve searchability and continuity between transcripts. The American English rules followed here include things like spelling and punctuation formatting. Consult the section below for more notes on adhering to this style.

We have also taken much from the transcription style guide developed by the Baylor Institute for Oral History, and thank them for helping us get started.

This Style Guide also conforms to the conventions used for Participatio, the journal of the T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. See the Participatio Style Guide for conventions on handling theological terms and scripture references, for example.

Personal judgment calls need to be used in the event that this guide doesn't cover everything, or when the local expert (you) disagrees with something written here. Above all, respect the participants, uphold the spirit of the project, maintain internal consistency, and lean into your own intuition.