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Citing Sources

Chicago Style

The first video is a brief general overview of the major elements of Chicago Style (17th) including comparisons with MLA and APA formats.

This second video is a tutorial with detailed step-by-step directions for how to format a document in Chicago Style (17th edition) and how to add citations using Word's citation machine: footnotes and endnotes. 

Sample Citations


Footnote or endnote:

William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (New York: Vintage Books, 1990), 271.



Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!. New York: Vintage Books, 1990.



Article found in an electronic database:

Footnote or Endnote:

      1. Henry E. Bent, “Professionalization of the Ph.D. Degree,” College Composition and Communication 58, no. 4 (2007): 141, accessed December 5, 2008,


Bent, Henry E. "Professionalization of the Ph.D. Degree.” College Composition and Communication 58, no. 4 (2007): 0-145. Accessed December 5, 2008.

Finding Citation Information

Books: Citation information, such as title, author, publisher, place of publication, and publication date, are available in the record for the book in the library catalog.

Journal articles: look for "citation tools" or "cite this article" or something along those lines in the database. If the database doesn't offer citation help, you can usually find all of the information (title, author, journal, issue...) at the very top of the article page.