Marymount California University Library

Film and Media Production Capstone

Introducing Chicago

What is Chicago?

Different disciplines use different styles for organizing and documenting research papers/articles. In the Humanities, both MLA (the style published by the Modern Language Association) and Chicago (the style published by the University of Chicago Press) are used, with Chicago being preferred by Marymount's Media Arts Program.

The Chicago Manual of Style presents two basic documentation systems: (1) notes and bibliography and (2) author-date. Each system is favored by different groups of scholars.

The notes and bibliography style is preferred by many in the humanities, including those in literature, history, and the arts. This style presents bibliographic information in notes and, often, a bibliography. 

The author-date system is used by those in the physical, natural, and social sciences. In this system, sources are briefly cited in the text, usually in parentheses, by author’s last name and date of publication -- similar to MLA.

Which Chicago system should you use?

Which Chicago system do Marymount's Media Arts Capstone students use? #1 Notes and Bibliography

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