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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER GUIDE TO CHICAGO STYLE DOCUMENTATION Chicago Style is a method of formatting and documenting sources in academic writing. Chicago Style is commonly used for papers in History, although other disciplines, including Architecture, Dance, and Anthropology, also employ this style. This guide is primarily concerned with the Chicago Style of documenting outside sources. For more information on the Chicago Style of formatting a paper, see The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, 15 th Ed .(also known as CMS 15 ). Introduction to Using the Chicago Style of Documentation When you use outside sources (i.e., books, journal articles, newspaper stories, etc.) in your paper, the Chicago Style of citation requires that you provide two types of information: 1. Footnotes or Endnotes: Footnotes and endnotes are a documentation system that uses raised (or “superscript”) numbers to identify any source material. After each quote or paraphrase, you need to include a superscript number like the one at the end of this sentence. 1 The number corresponds to a note with the appropriate information about your source. Footnotes appear at the bottom of the page, like the one below. Endnotes appear on a separate page at the end of your paper. Ask your teacher which version he or she prefers. Footnotes and endnotes use different formats depending on the kind of source being used. Check the citation guide to view the correct format for a footnote or endnote for each of your sources. 2. A Bibliography: A bibliography is sometimes called a works cited or a list of citations. It is a listing of every source that you used, usually arranged alphabetically, by the author’s last name. There are different formats for citing different kinds of sources. For example, if you are citing a book, you’ll present the information one way, and if you are citing a journal article you’ll present the information another way. This guide includes sample citations for 35 of the most commonly used formats in academic writing. You’ll see that most of them require most of the following information: the author’s name, the title of the work, and the date and place of publication. What if my source doesn’t have an author ( or page numbers, or a place of publication, or a date of publication, etc.)? What if my source doesn’t fit in any of these citation formats? Every source is unique, and some sources don’t provide all of the information called for in the samples. Luckily, the authors of the Chicago Style guide anticipated this, and they created acceptable formats for citing most types of sources. If don’t find what you need in this brief guide, you can consult the The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers : it offers guidelines for citing even the most unusual source. 1
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