Formatting an Essay in Chicago Style

Title Page. On the first page, center the title about one-third of the way down the page.  Do not underline or bold the title. If it is more than one line, it should be double spaced. About halfway down the page, center your name. About two-thirds of the way down the page, place the course number, your instructor’s name, and the date on separate double-spaced lines. Write the date in the Month Day, Year format, as in May 14, 2010.

Titles of Other Works. Titles are either italicized or placed in quotation marks. The rules are the same as in MLA style, as described here. 

Page Numbers. Number all pages except the title page in the upper right corner of the page preceded by your last name. The first page of text should be labeled page 2. In Word 2007, click on the Insert menu. Click on Page Number. Choose Top of Page, then the top right position (Plain Number 3). Type your last name and a space in front of the number. To remove the page number from the title page, under the Header and Footer Tools menu, click the box labeled Different First Page. Click the red X at the top right of the screen to exit.

Margins. Use 1-inch margins. Do not align the right margin. In Word 2007, check your margins by choosing Margins in the Page Layout menu. The default margins in Word 2007 are correct, so you may not have to change anything.

Line Spacing. Double-space the entire document. There should no extra spaces in the document. Single-spaced lines appear only in notes and the bibliography.

Indenting. Indent the first line of each paragraph 1/2" by pressing the Tab key once.

Footnotes. Include footnotes when you quote or paraphrase, if your assignment requires that you use sources. For more information on footnotes, click here.

Bibliography. Include a Bibliography page that lists the works you quote or paraphrase, if your assignment requires that you use sources. For more information on creating a bibliography, click here.

Click here to see a sample title page and first page in Chicago style.