Here’s how to set up Chicago-style margins and page numbers following the guidelines in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. (See section A.1 in the appendix called “Paper Format and Submission.”)
- Set margins of at least 1 inch from the edge of the page on all sides (ignore the page numbers, which will fall in the margin).
- Don’t put a page number on the title page, but do count the title page in the page numbering.
- In papers that include front matter numbered with roman numerals (such as a dedication or table of contents), the title page counts as page i. Otherwise, it counts as page 1.
- Insert page numbers at the top right or bottom center, half an inch from the edge of the page.*
*In a thesis or a dissertation, page numbers have traditionally been placed (1) in the footer for front matter pages and pages in the text and back matter that have titles (such as a chapter opener) and (2) in the header for all other pages. However, most schools now require a consistent placement of page numbers throughout a paper.
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
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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.