SAMPLE CHICAGO STYLE PAPER
July 11, 2013
The Chicago Style of writing is used for academic writing in the field of Humanities,
especially history. Specific guidelines for formatting a paper in Chicago Style are outlined in
manuals such as the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September
2010, and the 7th edition of A Pocket Guide to Writing in History by Mary Lynn Rampolla,
which was issued in 2012. Papers that are written in Chicago Style should have a title page that
presents the student's information. Included on this title page should be the title of the paper, the
student's name, and the course information about the paper's class. The example title page of
this example essay was modeled from Rampolla's pocket guide from page 146. The margins
should be one inch all the way around the page. The student's last name and page number should
appear in the top right corner of each page (excluding the title page). Typically, a Chicago Style
paper is written in Times New Roman, twelve-point font.
Two basic documentation methods are used in a Chicago-Style paper. The first of these
methods is the notes and bibliography method. This is the most common method and is the one
history professors will most undoubtedly use. The second of these methods is the author-date
method, which is far less common. This style is used in a manner that is similar to MLA wherein
a citation is given by using the author's last name and date of publication within a set of
parenthesis after a quotation.1 For the purpose of this paper, though, the traditional notes and
bibliography citation method will be discussed since it is the most widely used form of citation.
Please note that the colored highlighted sections of this paper should not be highlighted in a
student's paper. These highlights are used to illustrate the connections between the number at the
end of the quote and the corresponding footnote.
1. "Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide," The Chicago Manual of Style, accessed April 23, 2013, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.
Notes are to be used when the writer is referencing any ideas or text that did not come
from his or her own mind. There are two types of notes that can be used in a Chicago Style
paper: footnotes or endnotes. Footnotes are notes that are cited at the bottom-footer part-of
the page. On the other hand, endnotes are notes that are collectively listed on a separate page at
the end of the document before the Bibliography page. This example paper uses footnotes.
When a footnote is needed, the writer can add a citation in Microsoft Word. First, open
the "References" tab and click the button, "Insert Footnote." This makes a small number appear
to the right of the sentence that is in need of a reference, and a corresponding number appears at
the bottom of the page. You will need to hit the exponent button (it looks like this: x2) in the
toolbar to undo the...