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The following list contains examples of references formatted for books. 

The relevant Chicago Manual of Style chapters are linked to so that more information can be located easily in the online manual.

Bibliography Entry

Example of Chicago citation of a book in a bibliography.

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Authors  |  Titles |  Publisher Locations  |  Publisher Names   |  Page Numbers DOIs

Footnote & Bibliography Examples

One author (or editor): 14.75
Two or three authors (or editors): 14.76
Four to ten authors (or editors): 14.76
Works by saints, monarchs etc.: 14.83
Edited work: 14.103
Translated works: 14.104
Organisation as an author: 14.84
No author: 14.79
Edition other than the first: 14.113
Chapter in an edited work: 14.107
eBook with DOI: 14.161
eBook with no DOI: 14.161
Electronic edition of older work: 14.162

Explanatory Notes


Name order (two or three authors): 14.76

Multiple authors of the same work are listed in the order in which they appear with the source. Do not change this order, as the authors are listed according to the contribution they have made to the research.

In a first footnote, the authors' names are given in normal order (i.e. first name first).

In a short form footnote, only the surnames are given.

In a bibliography, only the first author's name is inverted (i.e. surname first). Additional authors' names follow in normal order.


Four to ten authors: 14.76

In a first footnote, only the name of the first author is included, followed by et al.

In a short form footnote, only include the first author's surname followed by et al. 

In a bibliography, list all the authors. (For more than ten authors, list the first seven then et al.)

Word order and punctuation are the same as for the rule for two or three authors.


Initials: 14.73

Authors’ names are normally given as they appear with the source. If an author uses his or her given name in one work and initials in another, use preferably the full name when citing both, for consistency.

Omit any degrees and affiliations following names.


Given names: 14.83

Authors known only by their given name (and not by any surname) are listed by that name, e.g. Augustine, Elizabeth I. Titles such as King or Saint are omitted.


Titles: 8.168

When mentioned in text, footnotes, or bibliography, titles and subtitles are italicised and capitalised headline-style.
In short form footnotes, the main title of the work is shortened if more than four words.

Publisher Locations

Place of publication: 14.130

If the city of publication is unknown to readers, include the abbreviation for the state (or country), e.g.:

St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin
Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books
Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

For the USA, use the two letter postal abbreviation of states; for the UK, just use UK.

Publisher Names

Abbreviations in publishers names: 14.134

The can be omitted from a publisher’s name, as can Inc., Ltd., Co., and Publishing Co.

Page Numbers

Page numbers: 14.22

Page numbers, if available, are required for all footnotes. In the absence of page numbers (e.g. as in the case of some electronic documents), give the chapter number or section heading.

In footnote citations: give the page number from the original source for the quote/idea you have used.
In the bibliography: only required when citing a book chapter - give the beginning and ending page numbers.


eBooks: 14.160

Some eBooks with scrollable text may not have fixed page numbers. In such cases it is best to cite a chapter number or a section heading in the footnote e.g. Robinson, Twentieth Century Poetry, chap. 5.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

DOI: 14.161

In the case of eBooks, a URL based on a DOI is required in addition to the publisher information. Append the DOI to to form a URL (e.g.


No DOI: 14.161

If a DOI is not available, list the name of the commercial eBook platform/database rather than provide any URL e.g. Proquest Ebook Central, Oxford Scholarship Online, ACLS Humanities Ebook.