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This guide will help you cite sources using the Chicago Citation Style 17th edition.

Getting Started

The Chicago Manual of Style is often used to document sources for research papers. The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Bibliography at the end of your paper.
Proper citation acknowledges the creators of each source and helps your readers find the original source if they would like more information. 


The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) recognizes two basic documentation systems: (1) Notes and Bibliography (used for papers in the humanities, e.g. literature, history, political science, and the arts) and (2) Author-Date (used for papers in the physical, natural, and social sciences). This guide is intended as a guideline for the Notes and Bibliography system only.

Be sure to check with your instructor to find out which citation style you should use for an assignment.

See these sections for information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research.

General Guidelines
Audiovisual Media
Images and Works of Art
Other ...

The examples in this guide cover frequently used citation forms only. While this guide provides helpful examples, it may not be perfect. For more detailed information refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.)available at the librarian's desk at the WSA Library.  See the PDF handouts and website links in the Learn More box below, or ask for help!

How to Cite in Chicago/Turabian Style: A Three Minute Tutorial

Learn More

Formatting of papers in Chicago Style:

Citations and bibliographies in Chicago Style:

The Chicago Manual of Style Online:
Online guides from university libraries:


This guide based on templates from Red Deer College Library in Alberta, Canada and the Library at Montana State University, Billings.

Chicago Manual of Style

This guide is based on the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

For citation examples and more information, consult the WSA Library copy of The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.)located at the librarian's desk. 

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