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Chicago Manual of Style

Welcome to the Chicago Manual of Style Subject Guide! Whether you are asked or instructed to format your research paper for a particular course or publication and you need information as to how to format your paper, your footnotes, or your bibliography, this is the guide for you. 

The Chicago Manual of Style is currently in its 17th edition and has been around since 1906. It is published by the University of Chicago Press.  Among friends, writers, and publishers in the disciplines of history, philosophy, religion, and the arts, it is known as CMOS or CMS, or at times simply Chicago. The Chicago Manual of Style includes chapters relevant to publishers of books and journals. It is used widely by academic and some trade publishers, as well as editors and authors who are required by those publishers to follow it. Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations also reflects the Chicago style. Within the CMS family, there are two styles Notes & Bibliography (NB) and Author & Date (AD).  The first style is very popular in humanity circles, with the history discipline being one of the largest.  The other Chicago style tends to be heavily used in the sciences. 

A good portion of this guide will come directly from the CMOS website.

The 17th edition of "CMOS" was published in November 2017 by the University of Chicago Press.

 The most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style can be found in the FAU Libraries in Boca Raton.

Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, book cover

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2017.
Z253 .U69 2017   
(located at the Service Desk in Reserves in Boca Raton)

Visit our Citation Tools LibGuide for more information, links and tutorials. 

Citation Tools can be used by you to

  • Help you format citations (but you always should check each of your citations carefully to make certain that they are correct)
  • Gather, store and organize citations
  • Assist you in writing your paper
  • and much more!