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Chicago Style Guide: Citation Examples & Formatting your Bibliography

When Writing Your Bibliography....

  • When creating your citation page, use Bibliography as your header at the top of the page.
  • Notes and bibliographies should be singled-spaced internally; however, leave an extra line space between note and bibliographic entries. 
  • Indent all lines after the first line, by using a hanging indent. (Ctrl+T in MS Word.)
  • List entries in letter-by-letter alphabetical order according to the first word in each entry. 
  • For two to three authors, write out all names. For four to ten authors, write out all names in the bibliography but only the first author’s name plus “et al.” in notes and parenthetical citations. 
  • Write out authors and publishers’ names in full. Titles of articles, books, etc. should be capitalized
  • Provide DOIs instead of URLs whenever possible. 

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources formatted in the manner of a bibliography, but contains a short paragraph after each entry. The paragraph provides a brief summary of the article, and it's relevancy to the main subject. 

When creating a annotated bibilography, consult with your professor about any questions you have. Assignment requirements may vary according to the subject and professor.

For more information, check out Purdue OWL's section on Annotated Bibliographies

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