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To see a side-by-side comparison of the three most widely used citation styles, including a chart of all CMOS citation guidelines, see the .
If you are asked to use the Chicago NB format, be sure to consult The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.). Students should also refer to A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th ed.). Both are available in most writing centers and reference libraries and in bookstores.
I know that I was confused at first when I began to brainstorm essays — I wanted to describe all of my accomplishments in detail. My friends thought along the same lines. And who could blame us? After working so hard, wouldn’t you want to sound a little pretentious? But after a while, I came to the realization (mostly through writing U. Chicago essays — which definitely have the best prompts) that the college admissions officers really want to see your thought process more so than your individual experiences. Perhaps you performed dentistry for disadvantaged children in Haiti. Fantastic — but did that really change you at all? If you can’t think of an answer without sounding cliche, then don’t write it. Everyone changes their minds about life at one point or another — especially when you’re a teenager. Write about the things that actually changed your life, and how.
I remember reading Chicago’s idea of a successful essay last year, and the chief thing that struck me – besides the fact that it was utterly devoid of content – was that the writer was obviously wealthy. He (definitely a ‘he’) could assume that people would be tickled pink to read several pages of drivel about how in love he was with Chicago. And he was right.
Please note that this OWL resource provides basic information regarding the formatting of entries used in the bibliography. For more information about Selected Bibliographies, Annotated Bibliographies, and Bibliographic Essays, please consult Chapter 14.61 of The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.).