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Chicago Manual of Style - How to Cite Your Sources: Formatting the Paper

Formatting the Paper

When writing a paper using CMS, you must adhere to very specific style rules. A few of them are:

  • Double spaced with a few exceptions including block quotes and tables
  • Margins that are between 1" and 1.5"
  • Readable font such as Times New Roman
  • Font point suggested as 12 pt. but no less than 10 pt.
  • Page numbers starting at first page with text and must be Arabic numbers
  • Subheadings must be included

Here is a more in-depth look at the CMS Guidelines

Online Formatting Guides

YouTube: How to Format Papers in CMS