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Chicago Style Guide, for 17th Edition

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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 3)
  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 8)
  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 5)
  9. URL/DOI: (For electronic books accessed online), or for other types of electronic books, an indication of the medium consulted (e.g. Kindle e-book, CD-ROM)

Basic Layout

[indented tab]1. Author Firstname Lastname, “Chapter of Book” in (italicized)Title of Book, ed. Firstname Lastname, nth ed., vol. #, volume title  (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page numbers, URL/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,” in The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).

One Author and Editor

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

Two to Four Authors

          5. 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

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


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


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

Digital Books

9. Elliot Antokoletz, Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008),


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

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