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• About Chicago Style: Overview of this style
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Chicago Style incorporates two different types of styles - notes-bibliography and author-date. This guide will concentrate on the notes and bibliography style as it is often used in History and Philosophy classes, and other courses in the Humanities. Classes/subjects that use Chicago style include literature, history, and arts, while the author-date style is used mostly by those in the physical, natural, and social sciences.
Why Cite Sources?
NOTE: Instructors may ask for citations or elements that differ from the elements of Chicago style described in this guide. You should always follow your instructor's Chicago style requirements if they differ from requirements in this guide.
Citation management tools can help you create citations in various formats. Click on the links below for more information about the two citation management tools available through the library.
Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:
There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA format, APA format and Chicago format.
There are several reasons why you would want to cite your sources:
Plagiarism is giving the impression that you wrote or thought something that you borrowed from someone else.
How Can You Avoid Plagiarism? Cite your sources using a citation format.
Material is probably common knowledge if:
From: The Online Writing Lab. Purdue University
How do you know which format to use? Your instructor will let you know the required format for your class and assignments.