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Chicago Style Guide - 17th Edition

Getting Started

Welcome to the Camosun College Library Guide to Chicago Style (17th Edition). This guide provides examples of how to cite commonly used resources in bibliographic and footnote forms using the most up-to-date edition of the Chicago style. The guide also includes examples of, and links to, other helpful Chicago style resources.

To get started, familiarize yourself with the basic formatting of Chicago style under the "Formatting Your Paper" tab in this guide. Then use the "Citation Formulas and Examples" tabs to navigate to examples of resources you wish to cite. Be sure to check out the "Chicago Citation Parts" tab to learn about the key components required to accurately produce work in the Chicago style format.

What is Chicago Style?

The Chicago citation style is an editorial style established by the University of Chicago Press. Commonly used by editors in manuscript preparation, students taking courses from a range of disciplines are asked to submit papers in Chicago style in order to appropriately acknowledge the sources used within written work, while presenting their ideas using a consistent formatting scheme.

The Chicago Manual of Style offers two basic documentation systems:  

  1. Notes and bibliography style (also referred to as "humanities style") - used in the humanities and fine arts, particularly by history students. In this style, sources are referenced through footnotes (or endnotes) and a bibliography.
  2. Author/date style (also known as "scientific" or "social sciences style") - widely used by social science and science-related disciplines. In the author/date style, sources are referenced using parenthetical in-text citations accompanied by a reference list.
Please note, as a whole, this guide provides information about the notes and bibliography (humanities) citation style. 
For specific information about the author/date system, see the "Author/Date (Scientific) System" page.

Online Chicago Style Resources

If you are a Camosun College history student, see the Camosun College Department of Humanities History Style Guide (revised June 2016).

The Chicago Manual of Style Online offers the following resources:

The Douglas College Library Chicago Style Guide is a comprehensive citation guide for all things Chicago style.