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Chicago Style

A quick-and-easy guide to citing your sources in the Chicago (or Turabian) Style

Standard Book Format

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher City: Publisher Name, Year Published.



Brown, DanThe DaVinci Code. New York: Scholastic, 2004.

Book with more than one author

For a book written by two or more authors, list them in order as they appear on the title page. Only the first author’s name should be reversed, while the others are written in normal order. Separate author names by a comma.



Smith, John, Jane Doe, and Bob Anderson. The Sample Book. Pittsburgh: BibMe, 2008.

Work from an anthology

Author last name, First name. "Title." In Anthology Title, edited by Editor, page numbers of section. Publishing City: Press, Date.



Thoreau, Henry David. “Walking.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–95. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.

Sacred Text

  • All Chicago style religious text citations are based on the forms used for the Jewish and Christian Bible.
  • References to the Jewish or Christian scriptures usually appear in text citations or notes rather than in bibliographies.
  • Parenthetical or note references to the Bible should include book (in roman and usually abbreviated), chapter, and verse—never a page number. A colon is used between chapter and verse. Note that the traditional abbreviations use periods but the shorter forms do not. 


Specific Versions of Religious Texts:

Since books and numbering are not identical in different versions [of religious texts], it's important to state which version is being cited. For a general reader, the version should be spelled out, at least the first time it's cited. Otherwise, abbreviations cab be used (Ex: New King James vs. NKJV).


1. Book chapter: verse (version).


1. 2 Kings 11:8 (New Revised Standard Version). OR  1. 2 Kings 11:8 (NRSV).

For other types of book citations: