A. One Author or EditorB. Two or Three Authors or EditorsC. More than Three Authors or EditorsD. Chapter or Article in a Multi-Author BookE. Chapter or Article in a Multi-Volume WorkF. Organization as AuthorG. No AuthorH. E-bookI. Reference BookJ. Edition Other than the First
A. Basic Journal ArticleB. Journal Article from an Online PeriodicalC. Journal Article from DatabaseD. Magazine ArticleE. Magazine Article from an Online MagazineF. Newspaper ArticleG. Newspaper Article from an Online Newspaper
A. Basic WebpageB. No AuthorC. Government Publication
A. Motion Picture (Video Recording)B. Online Multimedia
A. Image from an Electronic SourceB. Published Photograph
A. Interviews and Personal CommunicationsB. LectureC. Pamphlets, Brochures, and ReportsD. Scriptural ReferencesE. Secondary SourcesF. Government Publications
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This guide will help you use Chicago style for citations.
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This guide is based on the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

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The Chicago Manual of Style - University of Chicago Staff (Editor)
Call Number: R 808 C432 2010
ISBN: 9780226104201
Publication Date: 2010-08-01


Getting Started!

The Chicago Manual of Style is often used to document sources for papers in the humanities (e.g. history, fine arts, and political science).

The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Bibliography at the end of your paper.

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) recognizes two basic styles of citation. This guide is intended as a guideline for the Notes and Bibliography system only.

Be sure to check with your instructor to find out which citation style you should use for an assignment.

The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research.

General Guidelines




Audiovisual Media

Images & Art


The examples in this guide cover frequently used citation forms only. While this guide provides helpful examples, it may not be perfect. For more detailed information refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.). You can also ask your instructor or a librarian.


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