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SOSC 13300: Social Science Inquiry

A guide fors students in Elizabeth Williamson's Social Science Inquiry section (Spring 2016)

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Overview of Chicago Style

What is Chicago style?

Chicago style is short for the The Chicago Manual of Style, developed and published by the University of Chicago Press.

Who uses Chicago style?

Since it was developed at the University, The Chicago Manual of Style is widely used by our students, faculty, and staff.  Many academic publishers require their contributors use Chicago Style.

Is the Chicago Manual of Style available online?

Yes, there is an online edition available to current students, faculty, and staff of the University.  Or, find a print version at the Library (older editions only).

Does it matter what edition I use? 

You should always use the most recent edition unless told otherwise.  The latest is the 17th edition (2017). 

Does Chicago style require footnotes/endnotes?

Chicago has two documentation systems.  The humanities style requires footnotes and a bibliography, and is widely used in the humanities and some disciplines in the social sciences.  The author-date version uses in-text parenthetical citations, and is more widely used in the sciences. Use the style that best fits your area of study and your needs.

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