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General guide for Philosophy at Wichita State University

Citing Sources

Chicago Manual of Style

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The Chicago Manual of Style is often used for formatting and citing references when writing papers in the field of philosophy. Chicago uses two basic documentation systems: the humanities style (notes and bibliography) and the author-date system.  Choosing between the two  will depend on the requirements of your professor or publisher.   
Basic Overview
  • Cite Source -Chicago (a product of Trinity College - Hartford, Connecticut) - This website offers a wealth of examples for the most commonly used types of references.
General Guides and Websites

Citation Management Software

Citation management software allows you to organize and retrieve citations to books, articles, etc. from library databases. Once citations are captured, they can be stored and manipulated in mini-databases. Citations and footnotes can be inserted into word processing documents and stand-alone bibliographies saved in common word processing program formats. There are several citation management programs available to WSU students, faculty, and staff including EndNote, Endnote Web, Zotero, and Mendeley.

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EndNote is software program from Clarivate that allows you to store and manage bibliographic references for your research projects and papers. It can format references and automatically create bibliographies using a variety of styles such as APA, Chicago, and MLA. All WSU students, faculty, and staff can download the EndNote software for free. It is available for both Windows PC and Mac platforms. Go to the EndNote library guide for more information. Click here for a handout on downloading and using EndNote.

Endnote Online

The web version is called EndNote Web. Click here for a handout on using EndNote Web.


Mendeley is a free, web-based took for managing reference, creating bibliographies, and pdf organizer. Tutorials and help are available through the Mendeley website.

Zotero is a free, open source, web-based tool for management citations, organizing pdfs, and creating bibliographies. Go to the Zotero library guide for more information. Tutorials and help are also available through the Zotero website.


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