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Academic texts typically use acronyms to refer to books in Tana"ch, Talmud, and rabbinic literature. I am presently working on editing the citations given within a translation to bring them more in line with academic standards. However, I have only been able to find abbreviations for biblical books and sha"s. Is there any resource for academic abbreviations for other sefarim in Rabbinic literature?

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To closure voters: This question is 100% explicitly about Judaism. –  Isaac Moses Aug 13 at 13:05
    
Thanks, @IsaacMoses, I was beginning to wonder whether I should re-ask on Academia.SE, rather than on Mi Yodeya –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 13 at 13:19
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Related (and not closed): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7171/3 –  WAF Aug 13 at 18:08
    
@IsaacMoses I cast the first close vote and am not sure why this is about Judaism. If I ask for a list of fonts used by publishers who happen to be Jewish book publishers, would that be on topic? This is a question which has to do with something Jewish, but so is a question about matzah ball recipes –  YEZ Aug 14 at 1:34
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@YEZ This is about study of Jewish texts. There is no more Jewish activity. –  Isaac Moses Aug 14 at 1:35

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Try the preface of an academic-style book on Talmud. The better editions of the Jastrow dictionary have an abbreviations page that I believe covers Talmud Bavli, Yerushlami, and Medrash including some names and lots of academic abbreviations other than titles.

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There's an online edition of Jastrow here. English abbreviations begin on the second page of Abbreviations. –  Isaac Moses Aug 13 at 17:29
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I've been using that online edition for years and never once bothered to look for the abbreviations page! Editing in now. –  Yitzchak Aug 13 at 17:31
    
It didn't have many of the abbreviations I was looking for. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 14 at 1:45

Yes! I have always found קובץ ראשי תיבות וקיצורים and אוצר ראשי תיבות (free older print on HebrewBooks) to be extremely useful in breaking down roshei teivos that I did not understand.

Additionally, while I haven't used them at all (and therefore can't vouch for their reliability/usefulness), these websites (1, 2) from a Google search may also be of use to you.

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Look in the luach roshei teivos in the back of the tanya. You'll find most of them there. Let me know if this helps

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Rashei teivot work if I'm looking for the Hebrew forms, I'm looking for standard academic ones though. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 13 at 2:07
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@NoachmiFrankfurt there are academics who write in Hebrew too –  Double AA Aug 13 at 17:33
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Yeah but they tend to have their own set of abbreviations. –  Yitzchak Aug 13 at 18:35
    
@DoubleAA, I realise, however since I am editing the citations in a translation, it seems kind of backwards to use Hebrew r"t. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 13 at 19:21
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@NoachmiFrankfurt I believe that DoubleAA is hinting that you ought to edit the question so that readers know, without digging, that you specifically want English abbreviations. –  Isaac Moses Aug 14 at 2:39

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