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Citing Your Sources

Borrow the Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) is often used to document sources for papers in the humanities (e.g. history, fine arts, and political science). 

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 Bibliography at the end of your paper.

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) recognizes two basic styles of citation. This guide is intended as a quick and abridged guide for the Notes and Bibliography system only. The complete details of the Notes and Bibliography system and the second Author-Date system are documented in the CMOS guide available on reserve at the Check Out Desk. 

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