Answered By: Rebecca Sedam
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2016     Views: 54

Much depends on what your instructor means the directive to use "Chicago Style."  Does he or she want the bibliography or literature cited section created according to Chicago Style guidelines?  Or does your instructor want you to apply Chicago Style guidelines to the body of the paper as well?

The following two Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) guides are available at the Oakton Library reference desks at both the Des Plaines Campus and Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus.  These guides are the best options for finding comprehensive guidelines.  To see additional location information, please click on the links:

The Chicago Manual of Style

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

Other options:

Oakton Library's EasyBib includes a Chicago/Turabian option for formatting citations. To take full advantage of the added features available to Oakton Community College students, login on either Oakton campus and register to create a username and password. (Note: you do not need a coupon code.)  Do this once and you can then access your EasyBib account from any computer anywhere.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is a subscription (fee-based) service.  It does, however, offer a free trial and a Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) is one of our favorite online writing guides.  Although OWL emphasizes MLA and APA styles, it does provide a Chicago Manual of Style overview as well as a citation style chart.

If you retrieve articles or reference information using the Oakton Library's online databases, you will discover that many of these resources generate citations in multiple styles.  Contact us if you need help finding this option in a particular database.

847.635.1644 (DPC)
847.635.1474 (RHC)

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