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Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Essays and Studies Style Guide

This page presents the style guide for one of our publication series, Essays and Studies. For more information, contact the series editor: Konrad Eisenbichler (

Manuscript submissions to books in the Essays and Studies series should, in general, follow chapter 15 of The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition, except that a combination of footnotes and a Works Cited list should be used for documentation of sources. See details and examples below. All text and notes should be double spaced and prepared in 12 point Times New Roman. For questions of spelling, consult The Canadian Oxford Dictionary or, if not available, the OED.


Sources should be documented in brief in footnotes, including author’s name, title of work (shortened when possible), volume number, and page numbers, but not including publication details.  See the following sample notes for references to works by Salvino Salvini, Michele Maylender, and Natalie Zemon Davis:

Sample Footnotes
14 Salvini, Fasti consolari, p. 198. According to an alternative version, cited by Michele Maylender, the academy derived from a group of men who had come together in 1555 as the creditors of Bartolomeo Panciatichi, and who had repossessed his house; Maylender, Storia delle Accademie d’Italia, vol. 4, p. 280.

15 Davis, Society and Culture, pp. 122-123.

Additional references to works previously cited need include only the author’s last name and page number in subsequent footnotes. In cases where multiple works by an author are cited, include a shortened version of the title in subsequent footnotes. Do not use Latin abbreviations such as “ibid” or “op cit.


Full bibliographical information should be provided in the “Works Cited” list in bibliographic format (with the first line of each reference adjacent to the left margin, and subsequent lines indented five spaces from the left margin). The Works Cited list should appear on a new page at the end of the paper, and references should be divided into two categories under the following subheadings: “Manuscript Sources” and “Published Sources.”

Sample references for Manuscript Sources

Firenze. Archivio di Stato di Firenze (ASF)
Mediceo del Principato, 623
Manoscritti, 126, Settimanni
Firenze. Biblioteca Marucelliana di Firenze (BMF)
MS. B.III.52-54, ‘Annali degli Umidi, poi Fiorentina’ (hereafter BMF, ‘Annali’)
MS. B.III.54.2, Antonio da San Gallo ‘Ricordi dal 1537 al 1555’
Firenze. Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF)
MS. Magl. IX, 42 ‘Vite d’Accademici Fiorentini’
MS. Magl. IX, 91 ‘Capitoli dell’Accademia Fiorentina’

Sample References for Published Sources

Davis, Natalie Zemon. Society and Culture in Early Modern France. London: Duckworth, 1975.
Maylender, Michele. Storia delle Accademie d’Italia, 5 vols. Bologna: Cappelli, 1929.
Salvini, Salvino. Fasti consolari dell’Accademia Fiorentina. Florence: Accademia Fiorentina, 1717.