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Chicago Style: Get Started

Borrowed from Lorraine Community College

What is Chicago Style?

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is a set of guidelines covering topics such as grammar, documentation, and usage, as well as information concerning manuscript preparation and publication. It contains two distinct documentation styles: 

  • The Notes and Bibliography system, covered in this guide, is often used by those in literature, history, and the arts. 
  • The Author-Date system is most often used by those in the physical, natural, and social sciences. For information concerning the Author-Date system, please consult the CMS or this Purdue OWL presentation, or contact a reference librarian.
  • Be sure to know which your professor requires!

Special Thanks

This LibGuide was adapted from the Chicago Style Guide by Leecy Barnett at the Lynn University Library in Boca Raton, Florida.

What's in This Guide?

The Basics: Requirements, components of Notes/Bibliography style.

Formatting Your Paper: Margins, indents, spacing, etc. (See video tutorial, in Word, for information on how to set up formatting, insert footnotes and create a bibliography)

Notes and Bibliographies:  More information about the notes and bibliographies system.

Elements of a Citation: About the bits and pieces that make up a citation.

Books (Print): Citation format, examples for print books.

Books (Electronic): Citation format, examples for e-books.

Articles (Print): Citation format, examples for print articles.

Articles (Electronic): Citation format, examples for articles accessed electronically.

Web Pages/Sites: Citation format, examples for web pages and sites.

Quotations: In-text citations, run-in (short), and block (long) quotes.

Other Resources for Help with Chicago Style

For additional information related to Chicago Style, try these Web sites: