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Example of CMS Format

The Chicago Manual of style

The Chicago manual of style (CMS)offers the author so much of control and ease that it is lovingly called the 'Editors' Bible'. Also considered to be the de facto guide for American English style, grammar, and punctuation, CMS offers two different documentation styles to choose from: Notes-Bibliography (NB) System and Author-Date System. NB System is preferred for writing papers on literature, history, and the arts while Author-Date System is chosen when writing about social/sciences. Furthermore, if the author or editor name is not available in most of the sources cited, NB System is preferred to Author-Date System. Given below is a brief introduction to notes and bibliography.

Introduction to Notes and Bibliography:

While using NB System, whenever a source is cited through a direct quote or through a paraphrase or summary, a superscript number is placed at the end of the sentence and a corresponding footnote or endnote is included. A footnote is added at the end of the page where the source is cited and endnotes are compiled at separate page in the end. If the same source is cited twice, all the relevant information about the source including author's full name, source title, and facts of publication are included. If the same source is cited again, only the last name of the author, a shortened title and page number is presented. A key point to remember is that author names are not inverted in the endnotes.

Bibliography is presented at a separate page before the index page (if any) and after the 'Notes' page, and contains a list of the all the sources cited. The author names are inverted and list is arranged in alphabetic order by author's last name. If the author name is not available, editor name, title or any keyword is used which may be helpful for the reader to search for the source.

Following points should be observed when writing in The Chicago Manual of Style:

  • The paper should be divided into three parts: part one contains title page, copyright page, dedication and/or epigraph, table of contents, lists of illustrations/tables, acknowledgments, abstract etc., second part encompasses the genuine text of the paper; and the third part comprises of appendixes, endnotes, bibliography/references, glossary, index etc.
  • Standard 8.5 x 11-inch white paper
  • 1 inch margin on top, bottom, left and right except Bibliography page which has 2 inch margin on top and 1 inch on the bottom, left and right
  • 12 pt. Legitimate font (Times New Roman is most commonly used)
  • Double-spaced text throughout the paper (with exception of indented block quotes which can be single-spaced)
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph one half-inch from the left margin

Given below is a sample research paper in CMS format titled as ' with standard recommendations.

[ Please Use Document: 'CMS Paper' ]