Using “Chicago style” usually means putting notes and bibliographies into the format laid out in The Chicago Manual of Style or in Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers. For many students that’s pretty much all. So don’t let the size of Turabian or CMOS get you down.
For professional writers and editors, however, the manual is much more than a citation guide. It is filled with advice on all kinds of writing issues: when to capitalize, when to use italics, how to use punctuation, and so on. CMOS has been around for more than a hundred years and is used by colleges, universities, and companies all over the world.
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