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Art History Research: Citing Sources in Chicago Style

a guide to the Art History resources available at the WVU Libraries

Chicago Manual of Style

The 17th edition is available as an e-book.  For off-campus access, enter your university username and password.
The Purdue OWL offers a nice web guide with examples.
Be careful!  The Chicago Manual has two distinct formats.  This course, and most humanities publications, use the Notes-Bibliography (NB) system.  The sciences use the Author-Date (AD) system. 

A nice change in the 17th edition:
14.12 Access dates

An access datethat is, the self-reported date on which an author consulted a sourceis of limited value... Chicago does not therefore require access dates in its published citations of electronic sources unless no date of publication or revision can be determined from the source.


Citing Websites

From the Chicago Manual of Style's Quick Guide (


A citation to website content can often be limited to a mention in the text (“As of July 19, 2008, the McDonald’s Corporation listed on its website . . .”). If a more formal citation is desired, it may be styled as in the examples below. Because such content is subject to change, include an access date or, if available, a date that the site was last modified. In the absence of a date of publication, use the access date or last-modified date as the basis of the citation.

Google. “Google Privacy Policy.” Last modified March 11, 2009.

McDonald’s Corporation. “McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts.” Accessed July 19, 2008.

Subject Guide

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Beth Royall
Evansdale Library 106
Subjects:Art, Music, Theater