3 What is Chicago Style?

Cover image of the Chicago Manual of StyleChicago Style is a set of guidelines covering many different aspects of scholarly writing, including:

  • formatting (title page setup, margins, line spacing, font, headings, etc.)
  • mechanics of style (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, italics, etc.)
  • grammar
  • use of bias-free language
  • source citations

The Chicago Manual of Style is published by the Chicago University Press and is used mostly in history, music and political science, and related fields.

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Please note that although Chicago has two distinct source systems: author-date references or notes (footnotes/endnotes) & bibliography, this book focuses on the notes/bibliography system only.


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