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Chicago Citation Guide

Books

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Author. Year. Title of Book. Location: Publisher.

Example

George, Mary W. 2008. The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

(George 2008, 12–13)

eBooks

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Author. Year. Title of Book. Location: Publisher. Database.

Example

Teays, Wanda. 2015. Business Ethics through Movies: A Case Study Approach. Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell. Ebook Central.

(Teays 2015)

Kindle Books

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Author. Year. Title of Book. Location: Publisher. Kindle.

Example

Otto, Mary. 2017. Teeth: The Story of of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. New York: New Press. Kindle.

(Otto 2017, chap. 2)

Edited Books

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Editor, ed. Year. Title of Book. Location: Publisher.

Example

Rosenblum, Joseph, ed. 2017. The Definitive Shakespeare Companion: Overviews, Documents, and Analysis. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.

(Rosenblum 2017)

Editions

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Author. Year. Title of Book. Edition. Location: Publisher.

Example

Cooper, William J., Jr., Thomas E. Terrill, and Christopher Childers. 2017. The American South: A History. 5th ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

(Cooper, Terrill, and Childers 2008, 33–37)

Chapters

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Chapter Author. Year. "Title of Chapter." In Title of Book, edited by Editor, pages. Location: Publisher.

Example

Carbone, Teresa A. 2016. "Busted Seams and Bad Behavior: Bodies for the 1930s." In America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, edited by Judith A. Barter, 146–173. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago.

(Carbone 2016, 150)

Anthologies

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Work Author. Year. "Title of Work." In Title of Book, edited by Editor(s), Page range. Location: Publisher.

Examples

Spiotta, Dana. 2016. "Jelly and Jack." In The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016, edited by Rachel Kushner, 39–56. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

(Spiotta 2016)

In this example, the original publication date of "The Pit and the Pendulum," 1842, is included along with the publication date of the book consulted. This is an optional element.

Poe, Edgar Allan. 2002. "The Pit and the Pendulum." In The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, 237–246. Edison, NJ: Castle Books. First published 1842.

(Poe 2002, 240)

Reference Books

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Entry Author. Year. "Title of Entry." In Title of Book, edited by Editors, Volume:Page range. Location: Publisher.

Example

Orme, Nicholas. 2012. "Christianity, Cornwall." In The Celts: History, Life and Culture, edited by John T. Koch and Antone Minard, 1:192–193. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

(Orme 2012, 192)

Online Reference Books

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Entry Author. Year. "Title of Entry." In Title of Book, edited by Editors, Volume:Page range. Location: Publisher. Database.

Example

In this example, there is no separate entry author so the editor takes the author place. Due to the formatting, it is impossible to determine the volume or pages for the entry.

Rogers, Shannon L., ed. 2007. "Allusions, Biblical." In All Things Chaucer: An Encyclopedia of Chaucer's World. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Credo Reference.

(Rogers 2007)

Sacred Text

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No bibliography entry needed. Simply use an in-text citation including the version and location.

Example

The so-called golden rule is given as "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" (Luke 6:31, Authorized King James Version). However, Jesus goes further and tells his followers to "love ye your enemies, and do good" (Luke 6:35).