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Chicago Citations (17th ed.): Websites

This guide will help you use Chicago style for citations.

About Citing Websites

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

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.

Basic Webpage Citation (pp.845-846)

Often, citations of webpages can be limited to notes only. If the information on the web page you are citing has been updated or deleted, make sure to indicate that as appropriate in your body text or notes. Ideally, retain a copy of a web resource that you think is likely to disappear in your own research records.

Very often with web pages, the author will be a corporate author or there will be no author to include.

General Format 
Full Note:

1. Author First Name and/or Initials Surname, "Title of Page," Title or Owner of Site, date last modified or accessed, URL.

Concise Note:

2. Author Surname, "Title of Page."


Author Surname, First Name or Initials. "Title of Page." Title or Owner of Site. Date last modified or accessed. URL.

Example 1
Full Note:

1. Samuel Hansen, "Resources Beyond the Library," Hack Library School, November 15, 2018,

Concise Note:

2. Hansen, "Resources Beyond the Library."


Hansen, Samuel. "Resources Beyond the Library." Hack Library School. November 15, 2018.

Example 2
Full Note:

1. "Wikipedia: Manual of Style," Wikimedia Foundation, last modified December 3, 2018, 3:50,

Concise Note:

2. "Wikipedia: Manual of Style."


"Wikipedia: Manual of Style." Wikimedia Foundation. Last modified December 3, 2018, 3:50.

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