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What is a style guide?
Authors working in the same field all use the same style guide when publishing their work. The style guide tells them how to write, how to format their pages, how to cite their sources, and more. Use of a consistent style allows readers to focus more on the content of article, and less on figuring out what the author really meant, or tracking down their sources.
Chicago Style Manual
The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the humanities.
Chicago Style Sample Paper
Sample Chicago Style paper with notes and bibliography (Purdue OWL).
OWL - Chicago Manual of Style
Where librarians go when they have questions on CMS. Information on general format of CMS research papers and PowerPoint presentations from the Purdue Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.
The librarian says...
Make citations easy! When you start your research:
- Open a new Word document.
- Copy (from the database) and paste (into the Word document) the citation for each article you think you'll use.
- When you're done researching, you're also done with your references or bibliography page!