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Chicago style

What is the Chicago style

Chicago style is a set of guidelines for scientific communication established by the University of Chicago Press . The guidelines vary from describing the role of ethics in publishing to offering basic guidance on writing an article, and citing sources. All guidelines appear in the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.


Who should use Chicago

Students, teachers, researchers and professionals in the fields of arts, and humanities, including history, music, theater and philosophy should use the Chicago style guidelines that appear in the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual .


Why use Chicago

Uniform style helps you identify easily key points and findings in a paper. It also assists you in presenting in an organized way the information you want to convey to your audience. Finally, it allows you to codify with accuracy and respect the elements required in order to give credit to those who inspired your work.


How Chicago works

You need to keep in mind that Chicago style follows the notes and bibliography system to describe the sources cited in a paper. This means that in your paper you insert a superscript number that directs the reader to a note which includes the citation information. Usually, notes refer to citations listed at the end of the paper and compile a bibliography.


Where to find more on Chicago

Apart from the Chicago Manual of Style, you could visit the Chicago Style Manual website. This is where you can find a citation quick guide with examples, review questions and answers or watch video tutorials. Additionally, the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers variety of examples regarding citation styles.