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

Chicago Manual of Style

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


This guide based on a template provided by Red Deer College Library in Alberta, Canada. 

Getting Started!

The Chicago Manual of Style is often used to document sources for papers in the humanities (e.g. history, fine arts, and political science).

The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Bibliography at the end of your paper.

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) recognizes two basic styles of citation. 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.


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 in our Reference collection for use in the Library, ask your instructor, or Ask Us!.

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