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Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition @ Purdue Online Writing Lab

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Chicago Style Online

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide

Chicago-style source citations come in two varieties:
Notes and bibliography and Author-date.

The Notes and Bibliography system is preferred by many working in the humanities—including literature, history, and the arts. In this system, sources are cited in numbered footnotes or endnotes. Each note corresponds to a raised (superscript) number in the text. Sources are also usually listed in a separate bibliography. The notes and bibliography system can accommodate a wide variety of sources, including unusual ones that don’t fit neatly into the author-date system.

The Author-Date system is more common in the sciences and social sciences. In this system, sources are briefly cited in the text, usually in parentheses, by author’s last name and year of publication. Each in-text citation matches up with an entry in a reference list, where full bibliographic information is provided.

Citation Managers

What Is a Citation Manager?

Citation managers (also called reference managers) are tools you can use to do the following:

  • Save your references to books, articles, movies, and other sources information
  • Organize those references
  • Format bibliographies/works cited lists in multiple citation styles
  • Insert in-text citations into the body of a document
  • Share references with others

BU Librarians recommend  as the best tool to manage citations.

RefWorks accounts are free for the BU community, and most importantly RefWorks can automatically create a bibliography in hundreds of styles.

Here are some easy web options.

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