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Chicago Citations (17th ed.): A. One Author or Editor

This guide will help you use Chicago style for citations.

About Citing Books

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

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.

Book with One Author or Editor (pp. 799-800)

The general format below refers to a book with one author.

If you are dealing with one editor instead of one author, insert the editor's name in the place where the author's name is now, followed by a comma and the word "ed." without the quotation marks.  The rest of the format remains the same.

General Format 
Full Note: 

1. Author First Name and/or Initial Surname, Book Title: Subtitle (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page #.

Concise Note: 

2. Author Surname, Book Title, page #.

Bibliography:

Author Surname, First Name and/or Initial. Book Title: Subtitle. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.

Example
Full Note:

1. Salman Rushdie, The Ground beneath Her Feet (New York: Henry Holt, 1999), 25.

Concise Note:

Rushdie, The Ground beneath, 25.

Bibliography:

Rushdie, Salman. The Ground beneath Her Feet. New York: Henry Holt, 1999.

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Online Citation Creators

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