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Turabian Citation Style Guide 9th Edition: Home

Turabian Publication Manual

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

About Kate Turabian

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.

Turabian Formatting Tutorial

For a full list of Turabian formatting requirements, see the Step-by-Step Turabian Formatting Instructions.

Getting Started!

Welcome to the Turabian/Chicago citation style research 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). 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 Notes-Bibliography style is the one used at Luther Rice.

The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Reference or Bibliography list at the end of your paper.

The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you find 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 or

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What is Plagiarism?

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.

Learn more about how to avoid plagiarism.

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