Several formatting or writing styles exist for college students, but Chicago (Turabian) style works for almost every type of paper. For a general-assignment paper, Chicago (Turabian) Style works extremely well. Although, Chicago (Turabian) style works well for writing thesis or dissertation, your instructor may want you to use another more formal style which has been devised specifically for writing thesis in a particular area of study. For example MLA Style works well with areas of study in liberal arts, and APA Style works well with psychological areas of study. You can consider Chicago (Turabian) style as a more flexible and supple style that doesn’t quite fit some of the other style options.
As with any another writing style, Chicago (Turabian) style has several rules for formatting the paper and listing the sources used in the creation of the paper. Looking at these rules or large books devoted to this style, you might be intimidated. After all it would definitely be difficult for to learn these rules seeing that the book stating them is of 900 or more pages, that’s a lot for writing a decent paper. But its not as difficult as it seems. Following Chicago (Turabian) style only requires you to learn a few basic and common sense rules, and then applies them with slight variations throughout your paper.
1. The Origination of Chicago (Turabian) Style
The University of Chicago Press supervises the rules and guidelines for Chicago (Turabian) Style. The central publication devoted to this style is called, “The Chicago Manual of Style”, and is abbreviated as CMS or CMOS. The first Chicago Style Manual was created by The University of Chicago Press 1906, and the 15th edition appeared in 2003.
The CMS is not limited to the writing of formal papers only; it gives advice and guidelines for all aspects of writing. It gives tips and rules on grammar, correct usage of abbreviations, and proper punctuation in it. Besides the printed edition, for more information, you can visit the website http://chicagomanualofstyle.org; it has a Quick Guide to the manual too. The Chicago Style Manual is available at the Web site for $ 55 in a print version and $ 60 in an electronic version. You also can access the entire Chicago Style Manual through the Web site with an annual $ 30 subscription fee.
As part of the Chicago (Turabian) style, is the publication “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations,” written by Kate L. Turabian. For almost 30 years Turabian served at the University of Chicago as dissertation secretary, she created this manual as a complement to the Chicago Style Manual. It was designed to give students a set of guidelines and rules to follow for various writing projects. The first Turabian Manual was a pamphlet Turabian devised in the 1930s describing the correct style for formatting a dissertation. The latest edition of Turabian Manual was printed in 1996. Turabian died in 1987.
The Turabian style and Chicago style are often referred to in combination, because they are almost identical. The feature that sets the Turabian style apart from other styles of formal writing is that it allows for footnotes for citing sources. It is applied on papers that are less formal, not meant for publication. But on the same hand it is flexible enough for writing any type of paper, including thesis or dissertation.
2. How To Start Your Chicago (Turabian) Style Paper
Research is certainly the key to creating a sturdy paper, for any formal paper, including a Chicago(Turabian) style paper. While researching, track your sources well. You must tell the reader about the source where you took a particular citation or idea from. The type of information you are required to state varies depending the type of publication. But most citations of sources require at least the author’s name, article title, publication name, publication date, and pages that generated the idea or quotation.
For creating a paper with Chicago(Turabian) style, its easier to use a computer with a word processing software( like MS Word or WordPerfect) for following the style’s formatting rules.
You may want to access one of the many books or Internet sites devoted to Chicago (Turabian) Style for more in-depth items that are not covered here.
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