How do I format a paper in Chicago style?
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2018     Views: 0


The general guidelines for formatting a paper by Chicago standards are as follows:

  • Text should be consistently double-spaced, including block quotations, notes, bibliography entries, table titles, and figure captions. 
  • Margins should be set at no less than 1”.
  • Typeface should be something readable, such as Times New Roman or Courier.
  • Font size should be no less than 10 pt. (preferably, 12 pt.). 
  • For block quotations, which are also called extracts:
    • A prose quotation of five or more lines, or more than 100 words, should be blocked. 
    • Two or more lines of poetry, should be blocked.
    • A blocked quotation does not get enclosed in quotation marks.  
    • A blocked quotation must always begin a new line.
    • Blocked quotations should be indented with the word processor’s indention tool. 
  • Page numbers begin in the header of the first page of text with the number 1. 
  • Subheadings should be used for longer papers. 

This information was taken from Purdue Owl. For more in depth information on formatting a paper in Chicago style visit

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