Quick Start Guide: How to use CMS Format (17th Edition)


Welcome to the Learning Commons Quickstart Guide on how to use CMS Format (17th Edition)! 

CMS stands for The Chicago Manual of Style. It is also known as the “Turabian” citation style. The Chicago Notes and Bibliography (NB) system is often used in the humanities to provide writers with a system for referencing their sources through the use of footnotes, endnotes, and through the use of a bibliography. This offers writers a flexible option for citation and provides an outlet for commenting on those sources, if needed. The latest revision came out in  2017. In this Quickstart Guide, we will cover the following topics: 

  • How to set up a paper in Chicago Format 
  • What the main components of a Chicago paper are
  • How to format in citations 
  • How to format the “Works Cited” Page
Course Information

Course Level: Beginner

Time to Complete: 20 minutes

Perfect for: All students

Guide Creator: Sarah Sandhu

CMS Format (17th edition) Introduction