Citation, Documentation of Sources

Q. I would very much like to have software that would automatically format text for Chicago style. Does such a thing exist? Where would I find it? Thank you.

A. Readers have mentioned to us a handful of programs—including EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero—that they say can be helpful in formatting notes and bibliographies in CMOS style. Unfortunately, a problem we frequently encounter in manuscripts is the accidental use of notes style for bibliographies and vice versa. Even though everything looks perfect and consistent on the surface, we have to return the work to the author for repairs. So be careful what you wish for, and be sure to check your work carefully.