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Turabian Style Citations and Bibliography


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Your professor has told you to write your paper in Turabian style, but you’re clueless. You keep seeing this style and Chicago combined. Now you are really confused. Find your answers to what Turabian is and how it’s created.

What Is Turabian Style?

Turabian is a style covered under the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). The difference in these styles is who they are created for. Turabian style is designed for high school and college essays, dissertations and theses or papers that are not going to be published. Chicago is a more professional style for publication. In the style guide itself, Turabian has a lot more information on how to research, finding useful sources and construct your paper than Chicago. Since they are both an official Chicago style, the citations in both Turabian and Chicago are pretty much the same.

Turabian Citations

Now it is time for the good stuff. Turabian provides you two ways to create citations and references within your paper. You can go with the author-date and references page, much like MLA or APA, or you can use the notes and bibliography format. The formatting that you use is up to you and your professor. Just to get a feel, you should understand both.

Citations in the Text

In-text citations can be parenthetical citations that include the author-date, or they will be footnotes. Since author-date style is easier and more common, it’s best to check it out first.


True to its name, this type of citation will include the author and date without a common and maybe the page number. If you are citing the book as a whole, you’ll use the editor’s last name rather than the authors. Author-date for a book looks like:

  • (Roe 2018, 19)
  • (Gerrick 2010, 20-22)


Notes in Turabian offer more detail. They can come in the form of footnotes or endnotes. Footnotes per their name will appear at the foot of the paper they appear on. Endnotes, on the other hand, will be at the end of the paper. No matter which one you’re using, they are formatted the same. For simplicity, look at a footnote for a book. You’ll notice that they will be different for the first citation and every additional citation.

  • First citation: 1. Darien Stewart, Thoughts (New York: Redriver Books, 2010), 26.
  • Shortened notes:  2. Stewart, Thoughts, 32-44.

Creating Your References

You’ve created your citations throughout. Now, it is time for creating your references. If you used the author-date formatting for in-text citations, you’ll create a reference sheet. Notes users will create a bibliography.

Reference List

Your references will be in alphabetical order and on their own separate page. The title will be reference list. Formatting for a book will include:

  • Last, First. Date, Title in italics. Location published: Publisher.


Reference List

Austen, Jane. 2007. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Penguin Classics.

Stewart, Darian. 2010. Thoughts. New York: Redriver Books.


Much like the reference setup, the bibliography will be on its own page with the title: bibliography. The formatting for a bibliography reference for a book includes:

  • Last, First. Title in italics. Publisher location: Publisher, Date.




Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Penguin Classics, 2007.

Stewart, Darian. Thoughts. New York: Redriver Books, 2010.

Turabian: For Students

Designed for students, Turabian breaks down the Chicago style for essays, dissertations and theses in high school and college. It follows the same basic rules as Chicago but in an easier to digest format. So, don’t let it scare you and get writing.

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