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Chicago Footnotes Overview

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition - Notes & Bibliography, or Chicago Footnotes, is a citation system commonly used across the Schools of Philosophy & Theology and Arts & Sciences, where added notes may be useful to the reader.

Within Arts & Sciences, the style is used in the following disciplines:  English Literature, Greek Studies, History, Italian and Theatre Studies.  It may also be used in Aboriginal Studies, Politics, Social Justice and Sociology.

Any time you use an idea or quote in your paper from another source, it should be acknowledged in a footnote, including the page number the passage was retrieved from, as well as an entry in the bibliography.

The main components of Chicago Notes & Bibliography style are:

  1. First full footnote citation
  2. Second and subsequent short footnote citations
  3. Bibliography citation


Chicago Reference Materials