How to Cite Web Sources in Chicago Style

In our citation examples we use the following color coding:

  • Red – Author
  • Blue – Title of book/article/charter/webpage
  • Pink – Date
  • Orange – Website/Publisher
  • Green – Title of journal
  • Gray – URL/database/website where the source is retrieved
  • Peach – Additional information about the source (i.e. its type, specific features etc.)
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Document on World Wide Web

Ball, Deborah. The Work of Teaching and the Challenge for Teacher Education. PDF. Journal of Teacher Education, 2009.

Footnote citation:

1. Deborah Ball, The Work of Teaching and the Challenge for Teacher Education, PDF, Journal of Teacher Education, 2009.

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Document on World Wide Web (no author)

For web sources, include the date of access or the date of last modifications.

"Educational Products." Educational Resources. Last modified November 3, 2011. http://www.edresources.com/products.

Footnote citation:

1. "Educational Products," Educational Resources, last modified November 3, 2011, http://www.edresources.com/.

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Document on World Wide Web (no date)

Carpenter, John. "Alternative Cancer Treatments for Stage I, II and III Cancer Patients." Cancer Tutor. Accessed January 25, 2017. https://www.cancertutor.com/ruleofthumb/.

Footnote citation:

1. John Carpenter, "Alternative Cancer Treatments for Stage I, II and III Cancer Patients," Cancer Tutor, accessed January 25, 2017, https://www.cancertutor.com/ruleofthumb/.

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Image on World Wide Web (no date)

Tesla Autopilot Function. Digital image. Wired. Accessed January 25, 2017. https://assets.wired.com/photos/w_860/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Telsa_Autopilot_TA.jpg.

Footnote citation:

1. Tesla Autopilot Function. Digital image. Wired. Accessed January 25, 2017. https://assets.wired.com/photos/w_860/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Telsa_Autopilot_TA.jpg.

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Press release

Microsoft. Gaming Consoles. "Unboxed: The Xbox One S is here!" News release, August 2, 2016. Microsoft News. Accessed January 25, 2017. http://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2016/08/02/unboxed-xbox-one-s/.

Footnote citation:

1. Microsoft, Gaming Consoles, "Unboxed: The Xbox One S is here!," news release, August 2, 2016, Microsoft News, accessed January 25, 2017, http://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2016/08/02/unboxed-xbox-one-s/.

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Wiki

"Education." Wikipedia. Accessed January 25, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education.

Footnote citation:

1. "Education," Wikipedia, accessed January 25, 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education.

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Blog

Middleton, Jane. "Southeast States Trivia Treasure Hunt." Deceptively Educational (web log), March 13, 2015. http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2015/03/southeast-states-trivia-treasure-hunt.html.

Footnote citation:

1. Jane Middleton, "Southeast States Trivia Treasure Hunt," Deceptively Educational (web log), March 13, 2015, http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2015/03/southeast-states-trivia-treasure-hunt.html.

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Online newspaper from a website

It is now a common situation when DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is used instead of the URL when citing various sources found on the World Wide Web and electronic journals. If DOIs are used, they should be preceded by the “doi” abbreviation (without quotes) and a colon. When citing a journal article, DOIs should only be included if they relate to the electronic form of the original source. If it is necessary to use URLs, a static version of the source (journal article) should be identified.

Glier, Ray. "Missed Plays Burn Atlanta; Falcons Have No Regrets after Rising from ‘Ground Zero’." The Washington Post, February 1, 1999. Accessed January 25, 2017. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-574623.html?refid=easy_hf.

Footnote citation:

1. Ray Glier, "Missed Plays Burn Atlanta; Falcons Have No Regrets after Rising from ‘Ground Zero’," The Washington Post, February 1, 1999, accessed January 25, 2017, http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-574623.html?refid=easy_hf.

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