Well, there are several main citation styles as we already know. This time we’re going to tell you about the most recent updates, sixteenth actually, of Chicago style format and its citation identity. Please, be patient with Chicago style citation as this format is not the easiest one and if you already know MLA format well doesn’t mean you will learn this one fast. This style preferred by many, but still lots of people don’t do it well. Thus, let’s start with a definition and short summary.
The most recent edition of this format was presented in September 2010 and hasn't been changed since that time. While we're still waiting for the 17th edition to come out in September, for now, we still use the rules described in 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago manual of style or CMS says that this format works for a wide variety of topics. It can be applied to grammar specifications, publications, and even manuscript preparation. Some editors call this style a Bible of editing. Lots of books consulted online are wide sources of knowledge every student or future researcher should read. This format works with two systems:
Both are pretty the same but work in different fields. Thus, Notes-Bibliography is more relevant in history, arts, and literary works, while Author Date System is used by authors for social and science papers. Thus, let’s describe one of those systems in details.
If you are well with humanities, especially history, you should understand the basics of The Chicago NB system. It provides a writer with a special format to reference their sources they used in their papers. You can do it in your text directly or on the bibliographic information page. Besides that, you also have a special outlet to cite all those sources by yourself.
First of all, while dealing with Chicago citation system, you should understand that notes or as they are also known footnotes are essential. You need to include it each time you make a reference. No matter if it was a quote of made of paraphrase or summary. You must add those footnotes at the end of each page where the reference was included. And endnotes should be placed at the end of each chapter or even the whole paper. The types of sources you use just don’t matter.
And here is how those notes should be formed. First of all, you need to include all relevant information about the author:
In case you take a quote from the same source, you just need to set the last name of the author, page numbers of the source, and its brief title. Thus, your citation should go like this:
1. Gregory House, The Guide: How to Cure a Man While Being a Complete Jerk (New York: Penguin, 1994), 69–70.
2. House, The Guide, 3.
House, Gregory. The Guide: How to Cure a Man While Being a Complete Jerk. New York: Penguin, 1994.
1. Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, The War: How to Kill a Superhero (Gotham: Arkham Gates, 2007), 45.
2. Wayne and Kent, War, 36-77.
Wayne, Bruce, and Clark Kent. The War: How to Kill a Superhero, Gotham: Arkham Gates, 2007
Of course, you can cite the same source and the same page few times. In this case, you need to add a special abbreviation Ibid. From Latin, it means “in the same place.” Also, you can use the same Ibid. For the same source title and set new page numbers just after a comma. Start every footnote and endnote with a current number and then follow with period and space.
You might already hear about bibliographies or a reference list. This is a special page or few with an alphabetical list of all books, magazines, websites, and other sources from which you took your citations. The title for this page usually is just one-word Bibliography, and the whole page goes at the end of the entire document. Sometimes it is followed by the index. Every single citation source that was included in your paper should be listed on this page. Sometimes a tutor can ask you to include even those sources that were not cited but that are useful for the entire topic.
Please note that there are few different ways to form your reference list page. But first of all, you should set all sources like books, magazines, internet pages, DVDs alphabetically. The main alphabetical count should go from the author’s last name. If there is no author, you can use the first letter of the title or a keyword.
Academic language is formal. And this is one of its most distinguishing features. It means that you should sound objective and even impersonal to persuade a reader to take your side or believe in what you are writing about. From here, there is a number of things to avoid in academic writing, such as:
Academic tone or style can make a difference when it goes into grading paper or its publication. Lots of writers even turn to editorial agencies to get their academic language tone improved or, as some say, to help them find their writer’s voice. If you’re also looking to develop your academic tone and find appropriate style in writing, consider our blog entries for better results and writing experience.