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The purpose of the Handbook of North Louisiana Online is to offer a full-text searchable encyclopedia of north Louisiana history and culture. "North Louisiana" for the purpose of the Handbook of North Louisiana will be construed as including Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Desoto, Red River, Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Richland, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Caldwell, Winn, Natchitoches, Sabine, Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Avoyelles, Rapides, and Vernon parishes.

Entry Types
bullet for list  Individuals (deceased only)
bullet for list  Organizations
bullet for list  Events/Movements
bullet for list  Places
bullet for list  Physical Geographical Descriptions (e.g. Ferry Lake)
bullet for list  Things (tangible, e.g. "cotton" or intangible, e.g. "film-making")

Basic Entry Information
Entries should be within the range of 100 words to 2000 words (maximum). Handbook articles should provide an introduction to, rather than the final word on, each topic. Readers who want more information will turn to the bibliographic sources.

Entry Structure
indentSummary Paragraph
Explain why this person, place, event, etc., is important. The summary paragraph gives readers a preview of an entry's subject matter.
The body of the entry should develop the ideas and issues raised in the summary paragraph. In addition, identify potential cross-references with boldface. While writing on the Caddo Treaty, for example, the name Larkin Edwards might be boldface to suggest a separate entry on the Indian agent. Finally, cite the references you use to write your entry with endnotes. While these endnotes will not appear in the online version of the entry, they will help us answer any questions that may arise. If you have a photo, submit it with the entry.
At the end of your entry, please provide a suggested reading list, comprising the most important and up-to-date print, video, or audio sources that readers might consult. For a short entry, 2-3 sources will be sufficient. For medium and longer entries, 4-6 sources should be included.

Name and Institutional Affiliation
Authorís name and institutional affiliation, if applicable, will appear at the end of each entry. Submissions should include a heading with the writerís name as it is to appear. Authors not affiliated with any organization, may identify themselves as independent scholars.

Basic Style Guide
Authors should consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition for general information pertaining to grammar, style, usage, and much more. For spelling and hyphenation of words the Handbook follows Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.).

Submit entries electronically to laura.mclemore@lsus.edu, preferably in Microsoft Word. If composing with a different word-processing program submit entry as a Rich Text Format file. Indent each new paragraph with a tab. Indent block quotations with the "indent" feature of your word processor.

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