Skip to Main Content

Literary Criticism

The Chicago Manual of Style: Basics

One Manual, Two Styles

The Seventeenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS17) supports two different citation systems:

  • Author-Date (typically used in the physical and social sciences, much like APA) 
  • Notes and Bibliography (mostly used in the humanities, as well as in some of the social sciences)

As you look for CMS17 citation help, be sure to find out which system your work requires and refer specifically to the guidance that applies to that system. Both your in-text citations and your reference lists/bibliographies will differ according to which version you use.

Example Sheets

CMS17 citation models for both systems, ready to download and save or print out for your convenience.