Style Guides + Citation Tools


The house style of the Bard Graduate Center conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). 

The Chicago Manual of Style in print and online

Library copies of the entire Chicago Manual of Style can be found at the second floor reference desk, in VMR, and in the Reference Collection (call number Z 253 .U69 2003).

The Library also subscribes to Chicago Manual of Style Online, which is available while within the Library's IP range through the CMS website, The Chicago Manual of Style Online.

BGC Style Guide

For preferred rules of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation at the BGC, see the BGC Style Guide, developed by the managing editorial department at the BGC, available in a searchable, online version on the DML wiki or in a static PDF version : BGC Style Guide [PDF].

Bard Graduate Center Citation Guidelines

For examples of bibliographic citations and notes formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, you may download Bard Graduate Center Citation Guidelines [PDF] developed by Elizabeth Simpson, Professor at the BGC.

Managing Citations

The BGC does not subscribe to fee-based citation management services such as EndNote or RefWorks, but we do advocate Zotero, a free open-source application developed by the Center for History and New Media that researchers can use within the Firefox web browser.


New users may watch a video about the program and download their own copy of Zotero at

For current users: frequently asked questions and user support forums are at

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