Writing A Chicago Style Research Paper Proposal

Have you ever paid attention to the format of the research proposal you write, or we have discussed numerous times? Do you know that there are different schools having their own style of research which is currently in vogue? In this article, we will discuss one such style which in general is known as “Chicago style research paper”

What is Chicago style?

Often when you look on the website for different essays, you may have come across the abbreviation of CMS. It is in actually the Chicago Manual Style of writing. This version of writing style was first introduced by the University of Chicago Press in 1906 and which is still very much in practice. The American style of writing, grammatical and sentence constructions are heavily reliable on this Chicago style. Most of the books published there and also the local schools and colleges follow this format.

What is the Chicago style format?

Suppose, you need to write a thesis paper in Chicago style, what will you are required to do then?

  • Title page: Chicago style doesn’t favour the title in bold, so don’t go for that font. Always write the name of your paper in the middle. Then after a gap of two-fingers, write your name, then follow the same gap to write the course name, and then your mentor’s name and the date on which you are submitting the paper.
  • Page numbers: It is a must that you put page numbers on the every page of your writing, starting from the introduction to conclusion. Always put the page number on the upper right-hand corner of the paper.
  • Margin: Maintain a margin that has a gap of 1 to 1.5” (inches). In your entire thesis, there should be enough double-spacing, except on the bibliography section.
  • Footnotes: Include footnotes in your dissertation paper. Whenever you put some quotes or paraphrase from some other writer, your instructor will obviously tell you to give footnotes, which is a must in the Chicago style. Note numbers for the footnotes should be superscripted and put in uppercase.
  • The end page: Index and bibliography are a must in your dissertation.

Other instructions:

  • Use ibid to indicate that the thing you are writing currently has already been repeated in an earlier page. Ibid should be put at the bottom of the paper.
  • If there is a quotation within another quotation, Chicago style instructs you to write within a single inverted comma (‘).
  • Italicizing of certain words for giving emphasis is allowed in this style. You can also write words in a bracket in between your writing to use it as a clarifying word.

These are some of the formats of the Chicago school of writing which you can follow. For additional information:

  • Consult your mentor
  • Look for sample Chicago style paper online.

In this way, you will be able to frame your essay.

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