The Chicago Manual of Style—also called Chicago Style and CMOS—is used to format academic publications primarily in history and some of the social sciences. It is used by authors at all levels and is published by The University of Chicago Press.
The Chicago Manual of Style includes guidelines for how to:
cite and accredit your sources
structure your paper (eg. margins, headings, fonts, etc.)
format your writing style (eg. how to present ideas, language tone, grammar, etc.)
format writing elements (eg. tables, present data, use figures, use photographs, etc.)
format notes and a bibliography
Check with your professor before using Chicago Style and ask them what citation method they recommend for your assignment since there is the notes format and the author-date format.
This online quick guide to Chicago Style allows you to toggle between the notes and bibliography style (frequently used in the humanities) and the author-date system (used in the physical, natural, and social sciences).
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