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A Guide to Create Chicago Referencing

by Emily Moore Writer

The Chicago referencing is what preferred by most universities, and hence, students must be aware of how to cite texts using this style. It may get a little confusing at first but, eventually, with time and a lot of practice, you will ultimately become good at it. If you are a professional or a student, you will have to give proper credit to each source you use in your work.

In this blog, you will find a very helpful guide that will assist you to learn how to create accurate Chicago referencing.

In-text citation

To refer to others’ work in your text, you will have to use the parenthetical citation. When you paraphrase a line from someone’s work or write a quote, you have to write the in-text citation. This includes the last name of the author and the page number from where the line has been taken. There will be no comma (,) in between. For example,

According to Wordsworth, Romantic poetry was denoted by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263).

Romantic poetry was distinguished by “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263).

 In case of the author of a text is unknown, a short form of the title of the text can be used within quotation marks inside the parentheses for creating the citation.

When there are two authors, you will have to use the last name of the first author, then, add an ‘and’, then, the page number. In the case of three or more authors, the last name of the first author will be included followed by ‘et al.’ and then the page number. For example, (Frank et al. 269). If the source is taken from the internet like a website, you just have to include the last name of the author then, a comma (,) and then the name of the article. Or you can simply enter just the author’s last name inside the parentheses.

If you are using more than one work by the same author, you can use the title of the book or article and the page number within the parentheses.

Work cited page

In the Chicago referencing generator, after a paper is completed, a ‘work cited’ page needs to be included at the end. This page includes all the sources used in the text in a longer citation form.

To create the citations for the ‘Works Cited’ page, you will have to include the last full name of the author, comma (,), the first full name of the author, dot (.), the title of the item in italics, the place of publication, comma (,), the year of publication, the type of text it is (Print if it is a book), and a full stop (.). Examples are given below,

Clinton, John. A Study of Life. London: Hodder, 1998. Print

Smith, George. "Trees of the Southern Hemisphere." The International Leaf. Barker University, 2008. Web. 6 Feb. 2009.

Nowadays there are many helpful tools that are also available to check the quality of writing like APA Referencing Generator, you can also check it.

You should use your own instinct to understand where you should use the citation and where you don’t. If you are a student, always refer to the guidelines provided by your university for creating the citation. 


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