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Writing Style LibGuide: Chicago

Self-help for creating citations and references for research papers.

Chicago Manual of Style

See: Purdue Owl

General Guidelines

Papers in Chicago style should follow these guidelines:


Margins no less than 1” and no greater than 1.5”

Preferably 12 pt.

Major Paper Sections:

Title Page

Main Body


Notes (Endnotes/Footnotes)


Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide

Chicago Manual of Style & Turabian Style Quick Guide

Includes 2 documentation styles: the Notes-Bibliography System (NB), used by those in literature, history, and the arts, and the Author-Date System, which is similar in content, slightly different in form, and preferred in the social sciences.

Chicago Style 16th Excelsior Online Writing Lab

General formatting rules and examples from the 16th edition.

Chicago Format Running Head - A Clear Guide

The Chicago format has no specific guidelines for formatting headers. However, you should format your headers according to the instruction given with the assignment. More details included here.