Answered By: Judith Jablonski
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017     Views: 675

Image of Chicago Manual cover   Image of Turabian cover     

Chicago = The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (CMOS)

Turabian = Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations


According to the University of Chicago Press, the publisher for both the Chicago and Turabian style guides, the two documentation systems of Turabian Style are “essentially the same as those presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, with slight modifications for the needs of student writers” (from Turabian Quick Guide).

The editors of CMOS state that "There are small differences between the two books. . . .But for the most part, the citation styles are the same" (from CMOS Shop Talk).


Similarities

  • Chicago & Turabian are both published and maintained by the University of Chicago Press.
  • Both use two documentation systems: Author-Date and Notes-Bibliography the structure of which are the same.


Differences

  • Turabian
     
    • Audience is high school and college students writing class research papers.
    • Based on CMOS but considerably shorter. (448 pp versus CMOS 1026 pp.)
    • Table of Contents does not mirror that of CMOS.
    • In addition to information on the Author-Date and Notes-Bibliography documentation styles, Includes an extensive section on the process of writing a research paper including
      • developing a research question;
      • organizing the writing project;
      • finding resources and using them successfully;
      • crafting a the argument to support the thesis statement;
      • drafting the initial paper;
      • avoiding plagiarism;
      • presenting evidence in tables and figures;
      • revising; and
      • working with one's instructor when receiving feedback.
    • No section on grammar and word usage.
    • Shorter section on spelling.
    • Shorter section on names and terms.
    • No section on handling of foreign language sources.
    • For website being cited, requires that the date accessed be included.
    • Available in print copy, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble Nook only. (No online version.)
       
    • Turabian Author-Date citation for a journal article:

      Schneider, Alexandria. 2003. "Home Movie-Making and Swiss Expatriate Identities in the
               1920s and 1930s." Film History 15, no. 2: 166-176. Accessed March 20, 2014.
                http://search.proquest.com/docview/219811201?accountid=8289.

      [Uses "no. #," for an issue number of a journal article.]
       

  • Chicago
     
    • Audience is professionals/academics professionals writing books and articles and reports that will be typeset and published by a professional publisher or scholarly journal.
    • Writing information is specific (grammar, punctuation, word usage, etc.) but strong assumption that the user of this guide may be a more experienced writer.
    • Includes guidelines for mathematical expressions.
    • Omits information on how to set up margins and title pages.
    • For website being cited, does not require that the date accessed be included.
    • Includes chapter on how to index a book.
    • Covers proofreading of book manuscripts.
    • Addresses manuscript preparation, proofreading, and editing aimed at book and journal article authors.
    • Available in print copy and online via subscription (APUS Library provides licensed access to CMOS.)
       
    • Chicago Author-Date citation for a journal article:

      Schneider, Alexandria. 2003. "Home Movie-Making and Swiss Expatriate Identities in the
                1920s and 1930s." Film History 15 (2): 166-176. Accessed March 20, 2014.
                 http://search.proquest.com/docview/219811201?accountid=8289.

      [Uses parentheses for an issue number of a journal article.]

 

See also:

Related Topics

Contact Us

Chat with a librarian.