Book: how to cite in Chicago Style – author-date (17th ed.)?

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General rules

According to the rules of Chicago Style – author-date (17th ed.), the following template should be used to reference a book in a bibliography for a paper, a monograph, or a thesis:

Author. Year. Title. City: Publisher.

Sometimes, the basic reference template can be extended to include the information on the editors, translators, illustrators of the book, or other contributors, edition number, etc.:

Author. Year. Title. Contributor's role Contributor's name. Edition number. City: Publisher.

In sources without a credited author, editors, compilers, or translators can be put at the beginning of the reference. For more details, see this article. If such contributors are absent, the reference should start with the title of the book:

Title. Year. City: Publisher.

For a book that is a part (volume) of a multivolume edition and has an individual title different from the title of the whole edition, indicate both titles in the bibliographic reference:

Author. Year. Volume Title. Vol. volume number in Edition Title. City: Publisher.

If multiple volumes differ only by number, include the volume number alone in the reference:

Author. Year. Title. Vol. volume number. City: Publisher.

For online sources, the URL address of the book is given at the end of the reference. The date of access is given only if the source's date of publication is unknown.

Examples in a list of references

Chomsky, Noam. 2009. Cartesian Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Beowulf. 2005. New York: Pocket Books.

Copleston, Frederick. 2003. Medieval Philosophy. Vol. 2 of History of Philosophy. London: Continuum.

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