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Chicago 17th edition author-date

Author-date for the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition

About Chicago 17th author-date

The Chicago Manual of Style allows for two different types of reference styles. There is the Notes and Bibliography Style, and the Author-Date System (a variation of the Harvard style).  This Guide is for the Author-Date system.

In this system, sources are briefly cited in the text, usually in parentheses, by author’s last name and year of publication. Each in-text citation matches up with an entry in a reference list, where full bibliographic information is provided.

An intext reference may look like (Blanshard 2006, 151) while its reference entry may look like:

Blanshard, Alastair. 2006. Hercules: A Heroic Life. London: Granta.

Any subsequent lines in a reference are on a hanging indent.  A hanging indent is an indent that indents all text except the first line.

Most of the recommendations in the notes and bibliographies version of Chicago 17th edition are identical for the author-date system.

Unlike notes and bibliography style, each entry in the reference list must correspond to a work cited in the text.

Punctuation marks and spaces within the citation are very important. Follow the punctuation and spacing as given in the examples.

This guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition.

Be careful where you input information into fields in the reference types in Endnote as the same information may need to be placed in different fields for different styles.  This is particularly relevant to inputting of dates.

What's New in Chicago 17 Author-Date

Amongst the changes and additions some of the more important include:

In journal citations, when the date of publication includes month and day, the year may be repeated to avoid ambiguity (15.14; 15.49; 15.50 etc).

Citing author-date sources by title when no author is credited (15.39).

Citing blog posts and blogs in author-date format (15.51).

For a full list see What’s New in the 17th Edition