What is Chicago Style?
The Chicago Manual of Style, also sometimes called Turabian, is most often used for history writing and for some humanities. Instead of using in-text citations like MLA and APA, Chicago style uses footnotes or endnotes. You can find footnotes and endnotes by clicking the “Insert” or the “Reference” tabs in the top toolbar in Microsoft Word.
History of Chicago Style
In 1891, the University of Chicago had its own printing press and typesetting room to publish university works. The printers, typesetters, and other publishing workers agreed they needed some rules for how texts should look on a page and how to handle certain grammatical situations. They created the Chicago Manual of Style to address their common questions. When the manual got turned into a book around 1906, the public could buy copies for 56 cents apiece. People began adopting the style and using it on their own books; it caught on pretty quickly, since Chicago has a large population of publishing houses. Since its inception, there have been 17 versions of the Chicago Manual of Style (and counting).
Using Chicago Style
The best place to learn how to use the Chicago Manual of Style is at the source. You can find the latest, most up-to-date version of the manual on its website, which includes quick citation guides, video tutorials, a Q&A section, and student resources. Learn more about the Chicago Manual of Style here.