Skip to main content

Citation Guides

Scholars use style guidelines to properly credit sources used in their writings and to build credibility. Proper use of style formats can also protect students from accusations of plagiarism or unintended copyright infringement.

Purdue OWL: Guide to the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition

An excellent resource you can print and refer to when you don't have access to the official style manual.

Basic Style Guides

There are numerous style guides each developed for use by specific subject specialties and disciplines. 

Turabian or Chicago Style is often used in History, Theology, and frequently required for articles being published in academic journals.

If you are not sure which citation style you should be using, be sure to ASK YOUR PROFESSOR!  Some professors may penalize you for using incorrect citations or formats.

This LibGuide will provide general resources that are available when using Chicago style..  However, for detailed information you should refer to the official publication manuals.  Manuals are available in the Reference Section of Burke Memorial Library or can easily be purchased in most book stores or on line at Amazon.com.  Call numbers for each manual are located below.

REGARDLESS OF THE STYLE YOU ARE USING, BE SURE THAT YOU USE IT CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT YOUR PAPER.  DO NOT MIX CITATION STYLES!

Style Tutorials from YouTube

This tutorial is provided to familiarize you with the basic elements of setting up papers using Chicago style format.  While they can provide you with useful, introductory information, we cannot guarantee their accuracy or that they include the latest changes or version of the published style guides.  ALWAYS, refer to the latest print version for specific details about formatting your paper.

Style Guide Call Numbers

Copies of these manuals can be found in the Reference Department.

Burke Memorial Library I Spring Hill College I 4000 Dauphin Street I Mobile, AL 36608 I 251-380-3870               PDFs require Adobe® Acrobat Reader®.