This style guide is for the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, the most recent manual from The University of Chicago Press. In this guide you will find information and examples for citing books, periodicals, newspapers, electronic sources, and multimedia materials. For help citing additional sources, we recommend consulting the Chicago Manual of Style. Print copies are available at the reference desk on the first floor of Walter W. Stiern Library. For the most up to date information see the Chicago Manual of Style website.
Use the tabs and dropdown menus on this guide to select which citation system and materials you can cite in Chicago style.
The Chicago Manual of Style includes instructions for two systems of citation:
The Notes and Bibliography Chicago-style citation system is primarily used in the humanities - literature, history, and the arts. It employs footnotes or endnotes to cite and explain sources, and includes an additional bibliography at the end of the document. You can use the Chicago Manual of Style's Notes and Bibliography Quick Guide to get started on citing with this system.
The Author-Date Chicago-style citation system is primarily used in the sciences and social sciences. This system employs parenthetical references in-text and a reference list at the end of the document. You can use the Chicago Manual of Style's Author-Date Quick Guide to get started on citing with this system.
If you are not sure which citation system you should be using, be sure to clarify with your instructor.
Turabian is a citation style based on Kate L. Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th edition. Turabian is essentially a Chicago-style citation with modifications for students and researchers. If your instructor has requested Turabian-style citation, ask for resources related to the Turabian Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. The Chicago Manual of Style provides a Turabian Citation Quick Guide, along with other tools to help.