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Library DIY

This resource helps you to navigate B.D. Owens library's resources and enhance your research process. Contact a librarian for additional research and citing help.

Chicago vs. Turabian

Chicago and Turabian are nearly identical citation styles - the key difference being that Turabian is a somewhat simplified version of Chicago style, and intended for students writing research papers. The Chicago Manual of Style is designed for professionals who are publishing work and thus goes into much greater detail on formatting.

Check with your professord, but usually the citation guidelines in this Turabian guide will also apply to Chicago style.

What's in this Guide?


  • journal, magazine and newspaper articles


  • print and online books/book chapters


  • online and print

Web pages

  • entire websites, single web pages


  • cases, laws, government documents.

Social Media

  • Twitter, Instagram, Facebook


  • images, music, video

One Source Quoted in Another

  • online, book, webpage


  • Organizational author, no author, oral histories/interviews, class lectures,  formatting subsequent (shortened) notes

Ask a Librarian 

  • Ask for research help at the Library Services Desk, using chat, email, phone
  • Email any one of the librarians for a research appointment tailored to your paper/project

Citation FAQ

Guide/Sample Papers

Turabian Style, first created for students by Kate Larimore Turabian, is a simplified version of the Chicago Manual of Style. 

Author-Date Format

B.D. Owens Library supports Notes-Bibliography style for Turabian, however, a short guide for Author-Date style can be found here:


The formatting and citation examples in this guide are based upon rules and examples in A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 9th edition by Kate Turabian. If you would like additions or would like to report a correction to this guide, please contact Becky Meneely

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