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Chicago Manual of Style & A Manual for Writers (Turabian): Introduction


A Helpful Clarification

Chicago Manual of Style versus A Manual for Writers:
What's the Difference

This is a question we are often asked in the Library. The simplest answer is that they are almost identical. A Manual for Writers is designed to assist students with all aspects of their writing, whether one is a freshman or completing one's doctoral dissertation. The Chicago Manual of Style provides the sam information but also includes information for those who intend to publish their materials.  

Our recommendation? Ask your professor if they have an opinion, then follow their advice.  We do suggest you take a look at both publications. You will quickly note the parallels in the various citation examples. In reviewing the entries for the same topic you may find that variations in the text help with clarity as you write and cite your work.  


Links to Useful Resources

Links to Helpful Resources

Tips & Templates


Note that while the following links offer great citation examples, based on the Chicago Manual of Style, the full text of the Chicago Manual and the  Writers Manual are the genuine articles. You will benefit immensely if you take the time to familiarize yourself with either of these publications.

Chicago Manual from OWL

The Purdue Online Writing Lab website offers detailed examples of Chicago style. One on the Chicago Manual Section of the OWLS site,  use the links in the left column to see specific information based on the type of resource. 

Turabian Quick Guide

Governments Sources

Government Sources come in a vast array of types, so citing them can be confusing.

The Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School has posted a 

helpful web page 

that provides examples for about 30  types of documents.


Website Resources

The Purdue OWL site is nearly everyone's favorite Go-To website for help with writing and examples of the Chicago style are very clear. Follow the link to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., examples on the Purdue OWL site. In the Left column select General Format for an informative explanation of the CMS.  Click for examples of both Footnote / Endnote, or alternatively, the Bibliography format.


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