Today I won't have time to get into the nitty-gritty of it, but a few tips if, like me, you are not behind a university proxy:
- Worldcat is your friend for books: https://www.worldcat.org/. I always have it open in a tab.
- Google is my go-to search engine. It is always open in a tab.
- Keep an abbreviations list—or update and check the one supplied. Use SBLHS2, IATG3, CDLI's Assyriology list, and my list as references. The book you are working on might mention where else they draw from, such as CAD or OCD.
- Watch the capitalization of words! All forms of "to be," i.e., is, am, was, etc., are capitalized. And check with your press about prepositions: most presses lower case all prepostions (unless after a colon, semicolon, or starting a title), but some, like PSU Press/Eisenbrauns, capitalize prepositions five letters or longer. Other common mistakes: Held, Occasion, His/Her all are capitalized.