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Chicago Citation Style - Getting It Right with

The Chicago University Press was founded in 1891. Basically, a group of typesetters and compositors, who were charged with developing a consistent format for referencing works from around the world and in all languages, came up with a style sheet to guide researchers. Over time, that style sheet became a manual and underwent a number of changes. We are now into the 16th edition of the manual. It has been revised this many times to adapt to changes in reference materials, and, most recently, digital sources.

Unlike the MLA or other style guides, the Chicago Style Manual is over a thousand pages and covers much more than its citation guidelines. It discusses formatting issues, punctuation (e.g., punctuating bulleted lists within a piece of writing), structural and other compositional guidelines – all with an eye toward scholarly writing. In this respect, then it is not just the Chicago Manual of Style Citation. It is a great reference for researchers and writers/authors of academic works.

For our purposes, and for those of most students, we are confining are information and guidelines to the intext and end-of-text citations that are commonly used by students in writing up their research works.

Two Options

Most citation styles have a single overall format, with specifics for different types of resource materials (book, journal, website, blog, article movie/film, images/photos, a lecture or interview, etc.),

Chicago style provides two major style options – the Notes-Bibliography format (usually used in history and the arts) and the Author-Date format (usually for social and hard sciences). A variation of the CMS has been offered by author Kate Turabian, who has written a more condensed version of the CMA style, especially for textbook publishers.

General Characteristics of the Notes-Bibliography Style

This style goes back to earlier days when all intext citations were done with footnotes. An intext citation is numbered, with a footnote at the bottom of the page or contained in a separate “end-notes” section. These footnotes provide very specific information for the citation and also allow the author to give personal comments on the quote or information being cited. It is considered a scholarly method of avoiding unintentional plagiarism.

  1. Intext Notes

Most students today do not remember the old footnote method, but it is still alive and well in the Chicago Style. Following a quote or a piece of information, a superscript number is added. These are sequential throughout the entire work, and they correspond to footnotes either at the bottom of the page or on the endnotes citation page at the end of the piece. When the source is used for the first time, the footnote has to contain detailed information,

with name of author, title of work, and the page numbers of the sourced. From there, if the same source is used immediately following, the footnote contains the word Ibid and the new page number. If the same source is used again, but not consecutively, the footnote contains the author’s name, the term Op. Cit., and the page number.

  1. Bibliographies

Bibliographies in the Chicago Style will not differ a lot from other styles. The sources are alphabetized by the author’s last name(s), and title of works (books, journals, etc.) are italicized. Articles and many Internet-based resources are placed in quotation marks. Place of publication, date of publication, and page number (when appropriate) are also required.

If students do not want to pour through the CMS for examples, there is the Purdue Owl website which can provide an example of each type of resource citation.

General Characteristics of the Author-Date Style

This style is far more similar to APA and MLA.

  1. Intext Citations.

Parenthetical citations are inserted within the text of the piece, just as they are in other common styles (i.e., author’s last name, and year of publication). Page numbers are inserted when appropriate.

  1. Bibliographies

The CMS bibliography citation format with the author-date style is the same as for the Notes-Bibliography style.

Other General Formatting Guidelines

Just as there are with all other format styles, there are guidelines for title pages, margins, headers, and pagination. These can be found on the CMS manual or on any number of web-based cites.

Overwhelmed? Don’t Be

CMS can be overwhelming. But that is why Citatior is here. You can use our Chicago style citation maker for free and create any type of intext or bibliographical citation in seconds.

To use our Chicago citation generator, all you have to do is register on our site and begin. The citation maker is like some wonderful machine that you program as you wish.

How to Use Our Chicago Style Citation Generator

It could not be easier. Access our citation builder form.

Plug in all of the resource information

Designate whether you need the Notes-Bibliography or the Author-Date style, and whether this is an intext or a bibliographical citation. Within seconds, our software citation creator will generate an automatic citation, in perfect form.

Accessing Our Citation Generator

You can use our online version or access through our mobile app. And you may use it as much as you wish, for any style that another instructor may require.

This is a quick, super-easy way to get all of your citations, auto-generated, without any work from you but to fill I the form fields.

Give it a shot. Type in some resource information, select the style, and sample what we can do. You will never go back to your old tedious ways, nor will you ever again use a citation generator that is outdated or fee-based.