√ To acknowledge that others have influenced your work
√ Citing a work indicates that you have read the cited work
√ To support key ideas and arguments in your work
√ To place your work in the context of the field of study
√ To avoid accusations of plagiarism
Chicago Style for writing a research paper is used primarily in the humanities, particularly in the discipline of history. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, is in paper format only and can be found at the Reference Desk in the library. The Chicago style uses both a "Notes and Bibliography" (NB) system and an "Author-Date" system similar to APA and MLA. The NB system uses footnotes or endnotes and offers the author an opportunity to comment or elaborate on the source or text. Student may also use (if approved by their instructor) the Turabian Style (Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Kate Turabian, 7th edition) that is a modified version of the Chicago Style.
In the Chicago Manual, you will find useful tips on how to correctly format your paper and how to cite the resources you used in your paper. Some example citations of Chicago Style can be found in the tabs above for various resources. There are also several online resources that outline the formatting and citation structure used in Chicago Style. A few of these resources are listed below.