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Chicago Style Research Papers

The Chicago Manual of Style website advises the "CMS is primarily a reference for manuscripts that will be published as books. For a master's thesis [and similar papers], you would find Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers . . . much more useful." At the heart of a research style is documentation—how to format notes and references. The new Turabian Manual devotes five chapters to documentation, though page formatting for class projects is missing. Also new with this edition is a guide to writing research papers. The latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style was entirely rewritten in a refreshing contemporary style (CMS at Amazon.com).

Current Editions. Doc Scribe has compiled guides to Chicago style specifically for research papers. These have been updated to reflect the Turabian Manual, 7th ed. (2007), as well as the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (2003).

The Turabian Manual is a great buy at less than $12, but was Dr. Frankenstein the managing editor? Doc Scribe has written a review for Amazon.com. Read what he has to say about this not-so-great book [ Read Doc's Review ].

Chicago-Turabian Style Guides
The Chicago and Turabian manuals mostly agree, but not always. For example, a block quote in the Chicago Manual of Style is any prose quote of eight lines or more, at least 100 words (2003, 447). The Turabian Manual asks for block formatting when a quote runs to "five lines or more" in your text (2007, 350). The Turabian Manual is certainly more useful than the CMS when preparing class papers, and is generally given preference when the two differ.

Chicago Style Crib Sheet Chicago-Turabian Style Lite.  The style sheet covers basic features of using Chicago-Turabian style in a concise format.
Chicago Style Crib Sheet Chicago-Turabian Style Lite (PDF).  The Portable Document Format version of CTS Lite is handy for reference and printing.

References

amazon.com University of Chicago Press. 2003. Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Chicago: University of
TabChicago Press, 956 pp. Retail $55.00. Link to Amazon.com: (Hardcover $38.50).

Refreshingly revised, in active voice. The new edition surpasses the last in clarity and organization, so much so that you will gratefully relegate the old edition to its now proper role as a door stop. Chicago has solved the problem of citing electronic sources by adding a URL to the format of an equivalent print document. You may even dispense with an access date. CMS no longer reads like instructions for programming a VCR, or like a book cobbled together by a committee. The style is clear, concise, and direct throughout.
 

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Turabian, Kate L. 2007. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed.
TabChicago: University of Chicago Press, 466 pp. Link to Amazon.com: (Paper $11.56).

The Chicago Manual of Style website advises the "CMS is primarily a reference for manuscripts that will be published as books. For a master's thesis [and similar papers], you would find Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers . . . much more useful." At the heart of a research style is documentation—how to format notes and references. Most of the essential features of Chicago style are covered in this manual, though page formatting for class projects is missing. New with this edition is a guide to writing research papers, as well as the guide to documentation and style. Read Doc's review for amazon.com.
 

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