Is Turabian style the same as Chicago style?


Turabian thumbnailTurabian = Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

Turabian is the student version of The Chicago Manual of Style, aimed at high school and college students who are writing papers, theses, and dissertations. The Chicago Manual of Style is aimed at professional scholars and publishers. Think of Turabian as Chicago for beginners.

Chicago = The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (CMOS)

Turabian is written in Chicago style, but it’s much shorter than CMOS. There are many websites that show examples of citations in Turabian style. Here’s our quick guide.

There are small differences between the two books. For instance, Turabian requires you to tell the date you accessed a website that you are citing. CMOS leaves it up to the writer. CMOS omits advice on how to set up margins and title pages. But for the most part, the citation styles are the same.

Quick guide to Turabian-style citations (for student papers, theses, and dissertations)

Quick guide to Chicago-style citations (for professional publishing)

More answers to student questions

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