About Chicago Style notes and a bibliography system
If you are new to referencing, it is strongly recommended that you first read introduction to referencing, before reading this page.
This page describes Chicago Style notes and a bibliography system:
In this section
The footnoting and bibliography style is summarised in brief below. For further information on Chicago's notes-bibliography, or author-date style, consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., or The Chicago Manual of Style Online website: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
In the note-bibliography system, authors are identified by a number in the text, and further details indexed by number at the bottom of the page in the form of footnotes (for university-level writing, this is preferred), or at the end of the text in the form of endnotes (this is sometimes used in writing for publication).
Check your assignment instructions regarding whether you can use short notes throughout or whether you need to include a full notes for the first note followed by short notes.
In the note-bibliography system, authors are identified by a number in the text, and further details indexed by number at the bottom of the page in the form of footnotes (for university-level writing, this is preferred), or at the end of the text in the form of endnotes (this is sometimes used in writing for publication). The format will vary depending on the type of source (see books, journals, online material or other material).
If a source is cited in full in the bibliography (and all sources should be with the exception of personal communications and writer-sourced material such as personal photos), a shortened version of the reference (rather than the full version) can be given in the footnote which contains the author's surname, the title (which can be shortened if it is longer than four words) and the page number. It is best to check with your lecturer or course coordinator about their preferred style - some lecturers prefer to see the full citation. After the first full citation, you can give a shortened version for following citations. Note, in a departure from previous versions of the Chicago Manual of Style, the current version does not recommend the use of ibid or idem and recommends using shortened citations for subsequent citations by the same author(s) as outlined below.
1Drurie, Whaiora (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994), 35.
2Drurie, Whaiora, 35.
- The first author's surname is put before their first name. Any following authors are given in the order of first name, last name, with multiple authors separated by a comma, and an 'and' before the last author. There are full stops between each source element such as the author, chapter/article title, and book title.
- Page numbers are only given for chapters in edited books, and journal articles. The full page range for the chapter or article is given (Note: in the footnote, the specific page of the information you are referencing is given).
Drurie, Mason. Whaiora: Maori Health Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
The entries each have a hanging indent, and are alphabetised according to the surname of the first author.
References and further reading
Chicago Manual of Style Online. http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
These pages are provided as a guide to proper referencing. Your course, department, school, or institute may prescribe specific conventions, and their recommendations supersede these instructions. If you have questions not covered here, check in the style guide listed above, ask your course coordinator, or ask at Academic Q+A.