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About Chicago

Chicago style is most frequently used within the field of history, although it is used by other humanities-based disciplines as well. The first edition of the Manual was published in 1906 by the Unversity of Chicago Press.

Chicago style offers two options for in text documentation:

1. Superscript numbers within a paper to designate paraphrased, summarized, or quoted material, which correspond to footnotes or endnotes that specify the author, title, and page(s) cited.

2.(Author Date) parenthetical citations within a paper to indicate paraphased, summarized or quoted material.

In both cases, the Bibliography at the end of the paper includes full citations for all sources referenced in a paper. In addition, it may include sources the writer consulted but did not paraphrase, summarize or quote.


Style Manual

Consult the Chicago Manual of Style as the definitive source for Chicago citation rules.

Turabian's Manual for Writers follows Chicago-style conventions and is published specifically to meet the needs of student writers.

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The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) - University of Chicago
Call Number: Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference Z253 .U69 2010 (Lib Use Only)
ISBN: 0226104206
Publication Date: 2010
A second copy is available:
Phy Sci Engr Library Reference Z253 .U69 2010 (Lib Use Only)
See also:

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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th edition) - Kate L. Turabian; Revised by Wayne C. Booth et al.
Call Number: Shields Library Reserves LB2369 .T8 2007 (Two Hour Loan)
ISBN: 0226823377
Publication Date: 2007

Recommended Guides

Visit these reputable sources for examples of Chicago style citations:

Citation Generators

These free tools prompt you to enter in the components of a citation, and configure the elements according to Chicago guidelines. Make sure you verify the accuracy of your results by consulting the Manual of Style!

  • Citation Builder
    Developed by the North Carolina State University Libraries.
  • KnightCite
    This site is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Michigan. Select 'Chicago' from the Citation Styles menu.
  • NoodleTools Express
    This tool is useful if you only need to generate citations for a couple of sources.
  • Son of Citation Machine
    Select the type of source you are citing and complete the web form. For books, you can enter an ISBN to populate the form automatically. See also:Turabian

Research Tip

Many of the library's subscription article databases will generate a formatted citation for you.

Be sure to look for Cite options in your database search results!


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