Clear up some of your students’ confusion by referring them to Falvey’s Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style. Research Center intern Matt Ainslie has created a brief online tutorial (4 min.) in which he demonstrates step-by-step how to cite a sample source in the first note, in subsequent notes and in the bibliography.
The tutorial includes a link to the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, which is basically a short list of templates for first notes, subsequent notes and the full bibliographic entries for commonly cited sources such as books, chapters, journal articles, dissertations and even web sites. The Quick Guide is easy to use and a great reference tool for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It includes a link to the full text online version of the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Please contact me with your ideas and suggestions for additional tutorials.