What is CMS?
The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) covers a variety of topics from manuscript preparation and publication to grammar, usage, and documentation and has been lovingly called the “editors’ bible.”
When to use CMS?
There is two CMS documentation styles:
1. Notes-Bibliography System (NB), which is used by those in humanities: literature, history, and the arts.
Reference sources through footnote or endnote citations in their writing and through bibliography pages. It also offers writers an outlet for commenting on those cited sources. The NB system is most commonly used in the discipline of history.
2. Author-Date System, is nearly identical in content but slightly different in form and is preferred in the social/sciences. Sources are briefly cited in the text, usually in parentheses, by author’s last name and date of publication. The short citations are amplified in a list of references, where full bibliographic information is provided.