This guide is based on the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and the eighth edition of A Manual for Writers. Chicago formatting is used in the social sciences, history, and religion fields.This guide will review the general format of an research paper, in-text citations, and the Bibliography page.
There are a lot of choices to make when using Chicago format. At St. Paul's, we use the Turabian variation of Chicago. Also, we use the Notes-Bibliography style. Students are expected to follow the guidelines provided unless their teacher requires an adaptation.
Teachers ask students format their papers in the same style so both the writer and reader are not distracted by style choices a student may make. The consistency allows the teacher to focus on the student's work and not on the look of the paper. Using a formatting style also ensures students are citing their sources properly.
Teachers may adapt these guidelines for their own purposes. Always follow your teacher's requirements.