Quick Tips On How To Outline A Research Paper In The Chicago Style


You are not planning to become a writer or a literature professor, but your teacher insists that you have to learn every writing style there is. On one side, he is completely right; you still have to take a lot of exams and it is impossible to be successful if you don’t know how to tackle every single style there is. For example, the Chicago style is not well known among students, but it is one of the easiest ones. Here is how to create a paper and an outline in this style:


  • Start with the title page. This is not always necessary, but it is one of the basic requirements of this format. As usual, on the title page you have to write the title of your composition using a regular fond of a regular size. Also, you have to write your name and the name of your professor. Forgetting to do this can be a serious reason to get a low grade. If you write a composition about a piece of literature, you will also have to mention the author.

  • Edit the text in good way. This means that first of all, you have to leave good spaces between paragraphs. Of course, this also applies before and after every picture. If you introduce a quote in the text make sure that you mention the source and the author. The difference is that you don’t have to use quotation marks. You can use an italic font to emphasize the quotation, or leave it just like this.

  • Make a “notes” page that you will attach at the end of your project. Let’s say that you have to explain many complicated terms, but you don’t want to do this in the text itself. Well, you can easily give this term a number, and create a page where you explain it. The number of the definition will be the same at the one you wrote near the term.

  • Make sure that the outline is clear. Most of the students use bullets instead of numbers when they create the outline. However, this depends entirely on your professor. Also, you have to mention the number of the page and the complete title of the chapter. You have to use the same font that you used in the rest of the text.