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Chicago Style: Getting Started

What is Chicago Style?

The Chicago Manual of Style, first published in 1906, has long been a standard reference book for writers, particularly those in the disciplines of literature, history and the arts. 
This library guide covers the Notes and Bibliography System of Chicago Style, often used by those in the humanities and history. It does not include the Author-Date System, frequently used in the natural, physical and social sciences. Be sure you know which system your professor requires.
If you have a question not answered in this guide, ask your instructor, check with a librarian, or refer to the Chicago Manual of Style at the Library for more detailed information.
Chicago Manual of Style
16th Edition
Reference Section
808.027 UN3C

What's in This Guide?

The Basics:   Overview of the notes/bibliography system components
Formatting Your Paper:   Margins, indents, spacing, etc.
Notes and Bibliographies:   Formatting these sections; Using IBID
Elements of a Citation:   Rules for each element of the citation
Books (Print):   Citation examples for print books
Books (Electronic):   Citation examples for e-books
Articles (Print):  Citation examples for print articles
Articles (Electronic):  Citation examples for electronic articles
Web Pages/Sites:  Citation examples for web pages and sites
Miscellaneous Sources:  Book reviews, interviews, email, texts, etc.
Quotations:  In-text citations, run-in (short), and block (long) quotes

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