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8th Edition Turabian Citation Style Guide

23 Aug 2017Essay Writing Guides

Turabian style citation was developed by Kate L. Turabian. This format was created exactly for student writers dealing with their academic hell load of papers. The documentation system is based on two points such as notes-bibliography format which is also known just as bibliographic format and author-date style. The last one is also known just as reference list style.

But behind this scary name lays just one well-known format that was first mentioned in the Chicago Manual Style. There were just slight improvements made in the Turabian citation guide to make it more student-friendly.

How to Deal With Turabian?

You can meet a bibliography format in various works of arts, literature, history, etc. This style deals with various notes formats just as like Chicago format. The author-date style is more popular and is well-known among writers and readers of works of natural, physical, and various social science fields. To deal with this situation you just need to place the author’s name and date of publication into parentheses. Then you should copy all the quotation sources to a list of references.

Actually, the main differences of those two Turabian in text citation formats are about notes and related data. That is it. The rest is very similar and shares the same features and requirements. And here is how you should deal with books published electronically and articles in an online journal.

Book published electronically

Turabian manual for writers says that a book that was published in various situations should be cited by the version you are working with. So it means that a book released online should be cited with including an access date and a URL. Also, you can set the name of a database where you downloaded the book.

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (New York: Vintage, 2010), 183-84, Kindle.

Article in an online journal

Turabian style guide also has requirements for articles that were taken from online journals. And in this case, you also should include an access date and a URL or include DOI instead. Besides that, you also can give the name of a database where you downloaded the article.

Brown, Campbell. "Consequentialize This." Ethics 121, no. 4 (July 2011): 749-71. Accessed December 1, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/660696.

Comparison and Example

If we take Turabian style into account, we can’t miss Chicago mentioning. Both formats have lots in common and may surprise you with similarities. You may try to find them by yourself or read our notes:

  • In case you need to include any notes you may get them in the page with cited references and other sourcing information of your paper.
  • All the page numbers are very important, and you need to place them everywhere but the title page.
  • The limitations should have just an inch of value. Do not align those on the other side of the paper.
  • Double space the document, unless your tutor asked you to use single spacing. Do not use any extra spaces in your document. Use single spacing for your bibliography and notes.
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph pressing a Tab key once.
  • If your assignment requires the use of sources, include footnotes when you use quotes or paraphrasing.

Here is a Turabian style paper citation example for your bibliography:

Author’s Name. The title of a source. Publishing City: Publishing House, 2015. Date of access.

Journal article:

 Alexandra Bogren, "Gender and Alcohol: The Swedish Press Debate," Journal of Gender Studies 20, no. 2 (June 2011): 156.

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