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Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!



In 1937, Kate Turabian composed the first edition of A Manual for Writers of Research Papers and Dissertations. She designed the book to be a student-friendly alternative to the weightier Chicago Manual of Style. If your instructors ask you to use Chicago or Turabian style, they are referring to this book. The below guide is not intended to be a replacement for that book; we recommend purchasing A Manual for Writers, 7th Edition. However, we hope that this guide will help you quickly find the answers to your questions about formatting your text and citing your sources. 

The article on text formatting covers how to adjust your margins, write numerals, and other matters of appearance. Chicago Style offers two methods for citing sources: Notes-Bibliography Style, and Parenthetical Citations-Reference List style. The first places citations in foot- or endnotes, and includes a bibliography at the end of the paper; the second includes parenthetical citations in the text, and includes a reference list at the end of the paper. 


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