The Chicago Manual of Style is often used to document sources for papers and assignments in the Humanities (e.g., history, fine arts, and political science).
Check with your instructor to find out which citation style you should use for an assignment.
Here are three different ways you can present information you have found in your research to consciously avoid plagiarizing.
1. Direct quote
When you use or copy the exact words or section of words from an author, you can surround that direct quote by quotation marks. Include the correct citation acknowledging the original author in your sentence.
Write a summary using your own words of the ideas or the text you want to use. Be original without using the words of the original work and be sure you cite that statement.
Paraphrasing is similar to a summary. It just means taking what you have read and rewriting it in your own words. You must cite that paraphrase.
When teachers ask you to write in "Chicago Style", they are referring to the editorial style that most subjects within Arts and Humanities have adopted to present written material in the field.
Editorial style is a set of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. Editorial style concerns uniform use of such elements as:
The purpose of documentation is to:
The 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (2010) recognizes two basic styles of citation and this is a guideline for the Notes and Bibliography system only.
The changes between the 15th and 16th editions are not major and this page provides you a summary.
These rules are published in The Chicago Manual of Style.
Learn more about Chicago-Turabian format for your research paper and assignments. This short video from the University of Regina presents in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes, title page, margins, page header, running head, title page, text block, page breaks, in-text citations.