Writing Tips: Chicago
Chicago Manual of Style
What is Chicago Manual of Style?
Chicago Manual of Style is the preferred documentation style of history and other humanities. Chicago style uses notes or endnotes for in-text referencing and a bibliography at the end to indicate those sources that were referenced in the text.
Formatting Your Paper in Chicago Style
For Chicago Style publication, pay close attention to the formatting guidelines. All papers should be double-spaced and should have margins of at least one inch on both sides and at the top and bottom of every page. All pages should be numbered except preliminary pages, including pages of notes and works cited pages. The page number should be placed at the top of the page either in the center or justified to the right margin.
Other Formatting Concerns
Long quotations should be set off from the regular text. Quotes of poetry of three or more lines and prose quotations of two or more sentences or eight or more lines should be set off. The quotations should be indented four spaces from the left margin. Single-space the quotation but double-space above and below the quotation. When you set off a quotation from the text, do not use quotation marks.
Chicago Style uses endnote and footnotes to document sources as
well as an optional works cited page. Footnote and endnotes should
be marked using consecutive superscript numerals in the text. Numbering
should be used for publication information or for additional explanation
or notes that would interrupt the fluidity of the text if inserted.
Notes should be listed at the bottom of the page if footnoted and
at the end of the paper if endnoted.
The bibliography page should be entitled "Bibliography,"
"Selected Bibliography," "Works Cited," or "References."
Titles of books and periodicals should be italicized; quotation marks should be used for parts of books or articles in periodicals, and the publisher information should not be abbreviated.
A Work with One Author
Abbot, George. Israel in Europe. New York: Humanities Press, 1972.
A Book with an Editor
A Work with Two or Three Authors
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**Information for this page was taken from the following sources:
1. UNLV Library Handout on Chicago Manual Style
2. Muriel Harris' Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage, 5th ed.
3. H. Ramsey Fowler, ed.,The Little Brown Handbook, 7th ed.
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