The name of the style comes from the books which were published in Chicago University and another under the authorship of the writer’s surname – Turabian. But both of them contain the same basics of referencing systems that is why are not distinguished today. It has become popular in scientific studies, online journals or thesis.
One of the main advantages of this style is its flexibility in essay writing as it provides the student with a possibility to use it in two ways, either by referencing the source by notes and bibliography, or by using the author-date system, giving a possibility of some choice of which the author is usually deprived assigned to write in other formatting styles. Also there is one main difference between Chicago/Turabian format and other formats. Notes or bibliography should be at the end of every page which is very convenient, especially talking about quite long works.
Besides those listed above peculiarities of the Chicago/Turabian format, there are other its characteristics, some identical, some similar, some totally differing from another styles referring to such elements of work as:
- text spacing: double but saving the single space for block quotations, notes, references, captions, and long headings;
- type: Times New Roman, twelve-point for text and ten-point for notes;
- margins: one inch on all sides of the paper;
- numbering the pages: at the bottom center of the page starting on the first page after the title one. So the first number of the page you meet, is the number two;
- footnotes: placed or begun on that page where the text they refer to is;
- note mentioned for the first time: must contain the whole bibliographical information etc.
Althourgh, the Chicago/Turabian formatting style is mostly concerned with citation and bibliography, we have mentioned and other formatting details in order them to be in use if it will be the formatting style to be chosen for your best paper writing by yourself or even in case it have been demanded from you to write your work with its assistance.