Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) provides detailed information on formatting a manuscript to be sent to a publisher. It does not address formatting of student papers. This page provides basic information about the components of a paper following CMS Notes-Bibliography system. Always find out whether your instructor has specific requirements when you are writing a paper.
Basic elements of a paper using Chicago style are as follows:
A title page that contains:
the title of your paper
the class, the professor, and the date.
Body of the paper.
Footnotes on pages where references occur OR an Endnotes page on a new page after the body of the paper.
Margins, Spacing, Etc.
Leave uniform margins of at least 1 inch (2.54 cm.) at the top, bottom, left and right of every page.
Indent all paragraphs in the body of the paper 1/2".
Indent notes (footnotes or endnotes) 1/2".
Use a hanging indent of 1/2" for Bibliography entries.
Block indent long quotations 1/2".
Double-space the body of the paper.
Double-space block quotes.
Single-space each note (whether using endnotes or footnotes) and bibliography, but double-space between each entry.
Fonts: CMS does not specify a particular font. We suggest you use a readable serif font, like Times New Roman, 12 pt.