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

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General rules

The 'author-date' system of Chicago Style imposes the same rules for referencing organisational reports as Chicago Style – notes and bibliography, namely the following:

  • there is no specific template of reference for a report; the template for referencing a book is used instead;
  • the author of a report is most often an organisation, but it can also be an individual;
  • a report can have editors, compilers, etc.; the names of such contributors are given after the title;
  • for documents available online, indicate the URL address at which they can be accessed.

So, the following template can be used for referencing an organisational report in a bibliography in accordance with the requirements of Chicago Style – author-date (17th ed.):

Author. Year. Title. Edited by Editor. City: Publisher. URL.

Examples in a list of references

UNESCO. 2018. World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Regional Overview of Asia Pacific, 2017/2018. Paris: UNESCO.

World Economic Forum. 2020. The Global Risks Report 2020. Cologny: WEF.

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