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Chicago Author-Date Format

Many Social Science disciplines use the Chicago Author-Date format for citing sources.  The most recent guide is the 16th edition (2010) of the Chicago Manual of Style.  

The following examples of the most commons types of citations are adapted from the 16th edition.  For additional examples, consult chapter 15 of the Chicago manual or browse the online quick guide at

Single Author

Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore's Dillemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
     New York: Penguin.

Two Authors

Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945.
     New York: Knopf.

Three or more Authors

Lowontin, R.C., Steven Rose, and Leon J. Kamin. 1984. Not in our Genes: Biology,
      Ideology, and Human Nature
. New York: Pantheon.

with Editor or Translator

Greenberg, Joel, ed. 2008. Of Prairie Woods and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago
     Nature Writing
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book Chapter

Gould, Glenn. 1984. "Streisand as Schwarzkopf." In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited
     by Tim page, 308-11. New York: Vintage.

Journal Article

Blair, Walter. 1977. "Americanized Comic Braggarts." Critical Inquiry 4(4): 331-49.

Article in an Online Database
with a DOI

Novakl, William J. 2008. "The Myth of the 'Weak' American State." American Historical
 113:752-72. doi:10.1086/ahr.113.3.752.

Article in an Online Database
with no DOI

Karmaus, Wilfried, and John F. Riebow. 2004. "Storage of Serum in Plastic and Glass
     Containers May Alter the Serum Concentration of Polychlorinated  Biphenyls."
     Environmental Health Perspectives
 112 (May): 643-47.

Thesis or

Choi, Mihwa. 2008. “Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song
     Dynasty.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.


Evanston Public library Board of trustees. 2008. "Evanston Public Library Strategic plan,
     2000-2010: A Decade of Outreach." Evanston Public Library. Accessed July 19.

Chicago Author Date

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Citation Management Tools

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