Instead, our footnote examples give brief references that would be supplemented, at the end of the paper, with a full Bibliography.
The basic form for a shortened footnote reference is: footnote number, author’s last name, title of the work, and page number you’ve quoted from.
(The alternative to these notes is “in-text citations”; see Why are there Different Citation Styles?
for more information.) But Chicago style is actually very flexible, and offers writers a choice of several different formats.
Because the primary advantages of using footnotes are simplicity and concision, this guide describes only one variation of Chicago style: shortened footnotes in a paper that gives a full Bibliography.
What this means is that our examples of Chicago footnotes do not give full bibliographical information at the bottom of the page.
If the title is more than four words long, you would normally list a shortened version of it.
If your teacher tells you to use Chicago style, or footnotes, you should check to see if the shortened format is acceptable.
Chicago style is especially popular in historical research.
When developing a historical explanation from multiple primary sources, using footnotes instead of inserting parenthetical information allows the reader to focus on the evidence instead of being distracted by the publication information about that evidence.