Here’s how to set up a Chicago-style title page following the guidelines in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. (See section A.2.1.2 in the appendix called “Paper Format and Submission.”)
Class papers should begin with a title page (but some put the title on the first page of the text; consult your instructor).
- Place the title of the paper a third of the way down the page, usually centered (see Turabian, A.1.5).
- If the paper has both a main title and a subtitle, put the main title on a single line, followed by a colon, and begin the subtitle on a new line with an intervening line space.
- Several lines below it, place your name along with any information requested by your instructor, such as the course title (including its department and number) and the date.
- Figure A.1 in Turabian shows a sample title page for a class paper. For most such papers, this is the only front matter needed.*
*For a thesis or dissertation, most departments and universities provide model title pages that should be followed exactly for wording and form. Otherwise use figure A.2 in Turabian as a model. Count the title page as page i, but do not put that number on it.
IMPORTANT: Your instructor’s requirements may overrule Chicago’s formatting recommendations!
The Turabian tip sheets illustrate everything you need to know for formatting a student paper in Chicago style. They are fully compatible with The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.). You can print them and download them.
- Margins and Page Numbers
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- List of Tables and Figures
- Introduction or Conclusion
- Main Text
- Sections and Subheads
- Chapter Opening Page
- Figure and Figure Caption
- Parenthetical Citations
- Reference List
Important note for students: Always ask your instructor if there are any special requirements in place of or in addition to Chicago’s formatting recommendations.
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Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, written specifically for students, covers every aspect of research paper writing, from thinking up a topic to submitting the paper in official Chicago format. Turabian’s guidelines are compatible with The Chicago Manual of Style.