how to format an essay in chicago style
Page numbers can be placed either in the top right or the bottom center of the page – one or the other, not both.
In author-date style, citations are placed directly in the text in parentheses. In this style, you have some flexibility about how exactly to integrate the citation:
This is the text of your paper.
Paragraphs and indentation: Indent all paragraphs consistently. Use tabs rather than spaces for indentation, columns of text, and other content requiring consistent alignment. Block quotations have their own rules for indentation, depending on whether they are prose or poetry.
—. Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.
Note– This paper is written using the footnote/endnote style. The same general formatting rules apply to the author/date format.
Footnotes and endnotes
Assemble your paper in the following order
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Important: Always ask your instructor if there are any special requirements in place of or in addition to Chicago’s formatting recommendations.