Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading

Q. What size font do footnotes need to be if the text is 12 pt. in an essay?

A. For student papers, Chicago style is covered in detail in Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th ed.). Turabian advises, “In general, use at least ten-point and preferably twelve-point type for the body of the text. [Note that 10 pt. Arial and 12 pt. Times New Roman are roughly the same size and are good candidates.] Footnotes or endnotes, headings, and other elements might require other type sizes; check your local guidelines.” Turabian contains several illustrations of student papers and their formatting.