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Chicago Citations (17th ed.): B. Journal Article from an Online Periodical

This guide will help you use Chicago style for citations.

About Citing Journal/Magazine Articles

This guide is intended to cover only the Notes and Bibliography system for citing articles.

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and a specific example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

Full Note - use the first time that you cite a source.

Concise Note - use after the first time you cite a source.

Bibliography - use when you are compiling the Bibliography that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.). 

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

DOIs (p. 746)

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify a certain source (typically journal articles). This string creates a URL starting with "".

Example: 10.1080/14622200410001676305

If a DOI is listed on an electronic source it is included in the reference.  When there is a choice between using a DOI or a URL, it is recommended that a DOI be used (p. 746).   

Journal Article from an Online Periodical (p. 833)

Note that Chicago Style typically does not include database information or access dates for scholarly articles.

General Format 
Full Note: 

1. Author First Name and/or Initial Surname, "Article Title," Journal Title Volume, no. Issue (Issue Date): page #, DOI/URL.

Concise Note:

2. Author Surname, "Article Title," page #.


Author Surname, First Name and/or Initial. "Article Title." Journal Title Volume, no. Issue (Issue Date): Page range of article. DOI/URL.

Example 1
Full Note:

1. Bernard Testa and Lamont B. Kier, "Emergence and Dissolvence in the Self-Organisation of Complex Systems," Entropy 2, no. 1 (March 2000): 17,

Concise Note:

2.  Testa and Kier, "Emergence and Dissolvence," 17.


Testa, Bernard, and Lamont B. Kier. "Emergence and Dissolvence in the Self-Organisation of Complex Systems." Entropy 2, no. 1 (March 2000): 1-25.

Example 2
Full Note:

1. David Meban, "Temple Building, Primus Language, and the Proem Virgil's Third Georgic," Classical Philology 103, no. 2 (April 2008): 153,

Concise Note:

2. Meban, "Temple Building," 153.


Meban, David. "Temple Building, Primus Language, and the Proem Virgil's Third Georgic." Classical Philology 103, no. 2 (April 2008): 150-74.

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Online Citation Creators

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