“Literally, learning this on my own makes me wanna die.”
These real posts on Twitter show how you might feel when hit by the Big Orange for the first time. You need help, and you need it fast.
We hear you. We know the latest edition of CMOS runs to a crushing 1,146 pages. But don’t despair! You probably only need to understand a few pages’ worth in order to do a good job on your paper. Below are links to a variety of tip sheets, quick guides, and explanations about how to write in Chicago style.
Frequently asked questions
Below are Shop Talk posts that explain some of the basics of Chicago style.
- What is Chicago style?
- Is Turabian style the same as Chicago style?
- How do I format my paper in Chicago Style?
- What’s the difference between a note citation and a bibliography citation?
- What is author-date style?
- Why do I have to cite sources?
- How do I know when to cite something?
- How many sources can I cite in one note?
- How do I cite the same source many times?
- How do I cite an image?
- How do I cite a website or blog?
- How do I write a quotation?
Need a crash course in citations? Start here.
If you need to write a note or bibliography citation for books, articles, and other common sources, you can find examples to follow here.
Crafting a paper
If you are writing your first paper or trying to improve your skills, these one-page tip sheets are written with you in mind. Read the ones that interest you or download all 26 topics in one PDF.
- Why Research?
- Choosing a Topic: Research Questions
- Core of an Argument = Claim + Reasons + Evidence
- Plan Your Research Around the Questions of Argument
- How to Plan Your Time
- Finding a Research Question
- Academic Language of Research—Assignments
- Academic Language of Research—How to Position Your Idea
- Tell and Retell Your Elevator Story
- Finding Relevant and Reliable Sources
- Write as You Read
- How Arguments Grow from Questions
- Academic Language of Research—Acknowledging and Responding
- Planning Your Draft
- Working Through Writer’s Block: Getting Unstuck
- When to Quote, Paraphrase, or Summarize
- Academic Language of Research—Verbs for Introducing a Quotation or Paraphrase
- Three Principles for Citing Sources
- The Dramatic Pattern of Introductions and Fairy Tales
- Writing an Introduction
- Drafting a Conclusion
- Writing Your Title
- Revising Your Draft: Shape (Organization), Introduction and Conclusion, Sentence Level
- Five Principles for Clear Sentences
- Accepting Feedback
- Why Cite Sources?
Have a question that isn’t answered here? Send it to CMOSShopTalk@uchicago.edu. While we are unable to answer every question we receive, we may use it in a future blog post or in our monthly Chicago Manual of Style Q&A.
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