This guide is based on Kate Turabian's manual (9th edition) and is a reliable and heavily-used shorter guide to Chicago Style. We recommend every student acquire a copy. They can be purchased inexpensively from Amazon.com.
Kate Turabian (1893-1987) was the dissertation secretary of the University of Chicago's graduate school and every accepted dissertation crossed her desk. She became an expert on the Chicago style and wrote a pamphlet that described the correct style to use when writing dissertations. This pamphlet eventually became the book, A Manual for Writers, which students and researchers use today.
This tutorial is in the process of being updated for Turabian 9th Edition. There are not many differences between Turabian 8th and 9th editions--not even enough to make a difference on the grade of a paper. However, we are taking this opportunity to improve the tutorial. So check back for an updated tutorial soon to be released. In the meantime, you may still make use of this tutorial.
For a full list of Turabian formatting requirements, see the Step-by-Step Turabian Formatting Instructions.
Welcome to the Turabian/Chicago citation style reseach guide. Turabian style of writing and formatting was created by Kate Turabian. This style was adapted from the University of Chicago's 'Chicago' style of citation and was simplified for students and researchers.
Turabian presents two basic systems of documentation: Notes-Bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and Author-Date style (or reference list style). These styles are basically the same as in the Chicago style. Bibliography style is typically used in literature, history and the arts. The reference list style is typically used in the physical, natural, and social science areas.
The purpose of documentation is to:
The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research. While this guide provides helpful examples, it may not be perfect. For more detailed information, please see the Turabian Manual, which is available at the Front Desk in the library. It is also available for purchase through http://www.lutherricebooks.com/ or Amazon.com.
Plagiarism occurs when someone uses the work of another without properly giving credit to the person or group who created the original material. Plagiarism is a serious issue in an academic institution. Always acknowledge your sources by citing them in proper format. This guide provides helpful examples for citing sources in the Turabian style, used in courses at Luther Rice.