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Writing & Citation Style Guides: Turabian/Chicago

This is a guide to citation styles resources at Alkek and beyond.

Introduction

What is the difference between Turabian and Chicago and? The primary difference is that Turabian is shorter and contains fewer instructions, and that it does not contain information about publication. The Chicago Manual of Style is designed for professionals in the field who are publishing, and has a great deal of instruction on formatting and many other things. Turabian is a pared-down version designed for students writing research papers and is a style of writing and formatting that is created and updated by Kate Turbian. It is adapted from the University of Chicago's 'Chicago' style of citation and is simplified for students and researchers.

Turabian

Copies of the latest print edition of the style manuals are also available at the Alkek Library.

Getting More Help...

If you have specific questions about citing your sources, writing tips, or help with editing, you can go to the following places on campus for more assistance.


Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Get in-person tutoring at the Student Learning Assistance Center, or SLAC, located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library. Check the website for hours and availability. SLAC also maintains a good handout page for quick reference.

Texas State University Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of ASB North. You can get help with all types of writing, including papers, essays, and resumes. The Writing Center  offers in-person and online tutoring (check their website for more information).  Round Rock patrons can seek assistance from the Round Rock Writing Center.

Citation Management Software

Consider using a citation manager instead of typing bibliographies and in-line citations by hand.  It will save you time.

RefWorks and EndNote are citation managers available to the campus community via the Library website that lets you:

  • export citation information from databases
  • import information from other sources
  • organize and generate works cited pages and bibliographies in a variety of styles.

The Library offers RefWorks workshops and EndNote workshops throughout the semester.