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The Chicago Manual of Style includes two slightly different documentation systems: (1) notes and bibliography (NB) and (2) author-date. The notes and bibliography style is preferred by many in literature, history, and the arts.
In the NB system, you mark within your paper where you have cited something by adding a number, which refers to a detailed reference either at the bottom of the page (footnote) or at the end of the paper (endnote). These notes indicate the specific place in your source you are referencing.
The bibliography includes complete information for each item, with the items arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name.
Purdue's Writing Lab provides an example of a paper formatted using Chicago NB style.
Citing museum labels
The Chicago Manual of Style does not provide guidance on how to cite museum labels and signs. If the information is reproduced in collection guides, the museum's website, or brochures, it would be simpler to cite these. If not, then create your footnote/endnote and bibliographic citation with as much information as possible:
Object label, Their Home Was Fort Ross, Fort Ross Visitor Center Museum, Jenner, California, August 24, 2023.