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Footnotes and Endnotes: Chicago Manual
Chicago style footnotes may assist the readers in looking through the sources used by the the author as references.
Endnotes and footnotes also allow the author to express some of his/her viewpoints or ideas regarding the primary source or put some comments that can elucidate the material of the paper and enable the readers to understand it better. This makes the text more coherent and interactive for the reader.
In the process of doing your Chicago Style thesis make sure to trace all your sources. Any piece of thought, be it an idea or quotation, taken from the source are supposed to indicate the source to your readers. Usually, the information you’ll insert in your citing includes the name of an author, article title, publication name, publication date, and pages that served the origin of your idea or quotation.
Chicago Citation Format: Footnotes and how to make them
The Chicago Manual of Style Online