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Chicago Style Guide, for 16th Edition: Books / E-books


Books / E-books


   The method for citing books in Notes-style serves as a model for constructing bibliographic entries in many other types of sources. A complete reference should always contain enough information to enable any reader to locate the book (either physically or digitally). Within the Notes-style of citation, there are 9 elements to each entry (depending on your source, some elements will be omitted). Remember that each element is separated by a comma.

  1. Author: full name of author(s) or editor(s) or, if no author or editor is listed, name of institution standing in their place. (Firstname Middlename Lastname)

  2. Title: full title of the book, including subtitle if there is one, written in italicized characters with all major words capitalized. If referencing a chapter write (chapter name) in (book title) with quotation marks around the chapter title. (e.g. citation 2)

  3. Editor, compiler, or translator, if any, if listed on title page in addition to author (Firstname Middlename Lastname). (e.g.  citation 6)

  4. Edition, if not the first.

  5. Volume: total number of volumes if multi-volume work is referred to as a whole; individual number if single volume of multi-volume work is cited, and title of individual volume if applicable (title written in italicized characters). (e.g. citation 14)

  6. Series title, if applicable and volume number within series if series is numbered.

  7. Facts of publication (city, publisher and date)

  8. Page number or numbers if applicable. (e.g. citation 7)

  9. (For electronic books accessed online) A URL or DOI, or, for other types of electronic books, an indication of the medium consulted (e.g. Kindle e-book, CD-ROM)

Basic Layout

            1. Author Firstname Lastname, “Chapter of Book” in Title of Book, ed. Firstname Lastname, nth ed., vol. #, volume title  (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page numbers, URL or DOI.


One Author

            1. David Shields, The Thing about Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008).

            2. John Samples, “The Origins of Modern Campaign Finance Law,” chap. 7 in The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).

            6. Yves Bonnefoy, New and Selected Poems, ed. John Naughton and Anthony Rudolf (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995).

Two to Four Authors

            7. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (New York: William Morrow, 2005), 20-21.

Four or More Authors

            10. Jeri A. Sechzer et al., eds., Women and Metnal Health (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), 243.


            11. Karen V. Harper-Dorton and Martin Herbert, Working with children, Adolescents, and Their Families, 3rd rd. (Chicago: Lyceum Books, 2002), 43.


            14. The Complete Tales of Henry James, ed. Leon Edel, vol. 5, 1883-1884 (London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963), 32-33.

Electronic Books

            15. Elliot Antokoletz, Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.001.0001

            16. The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), CD-ROM, 1.4.

            17. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (New York, 1855), 22,