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Getting Started!

The above sections provide information and examples that will help you cite sources using the Chicago Manual of Style citation style.

The examples in this guide cover frequently used citation forms only. For more detailed information refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) available at The Chicago Manual of Style Online, ask your instructor, or Ask A Librarian.  Use the About My Library link to find out about hours and location, along with other helpful information.

About Chicago style

The Chicago Manual of Style is often used to document sources for papers in the humanities (e.g. history, fine arts, and political science). 

The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Bibliography at the end of your paper.

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) recognizes two basic styles of citation. This guide is intended as a guideline for the Notes and Bibliography system only.

Be sure to check with your instructor to find out which citation style you should use for an assignment.

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