How to Convert the Chicago Style to MLA Citation

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When you're writing a college paper, you have to cite your sources using your professor's preferred format. If for some reason you have cited your sources in Chicago Manual Style and have learned it needs to be in MLA format instead, there's no need to panic. Chicago Manual and MLA are quite similar. The two main differences that exist between them are applied similarly across all source media.

  • Add the format of the reference after the year of publication to convert a Chicago Manual Style Works Cited or bibliography entry to MLA format. For example, where a Chicago Manual Works Cited or bibliography entry is: "Smith, John. The History Of The World (in italics). New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.", the MLA version is: "Smith, John. The History Of The World (in italics). New York: Columbia University, 2011. Print."

  • Enclose the last name of the primary author and the page number of the reference in parentheses when writing an in-text citation in either style. With Chicago Manual, add the year of publication as well. For example, where Chicago Manual in-text citation is: (Smith 2011, 47), MLA in-text citation is: (Smith 47).

  • Make any other changes requested by your instructor. For example, both styles allow both footnotes and in-text citation, though you might be more likely to use in-text citations with MLA.

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