HIS 460: Sesquicentennial Project: Chicago

Professor Rebecca McCoy, Spring 2015.

Chicago Citation Tools

Citation tools automate formatting references.

There are several citation tools that work with Chicago:

If you do use these tools, be sure to review your results carefully. You are responsible for the accuracy of your paper's citations.  

Always refer to the Chicago Manual for definitive information.

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In Word 2010, you can  add sources and citations, place citation holders, add in-text citations, and generate bibliographies. 

Word 2010 formats in Chicago.

Article Using Chicago NB

Library Databases

Most of Bishop Library's databases provide cite links. 

EBSCO databases format in the Chicago style.  To format references in EBSCO databases, click on the article title.   The full article record will come up, and you'll see icons on the right. 


Click on the yellow cite icon.   Copy the formatted citation, and paste it into your document.


Format multiple saved citations in your folder, when you print/save/email:       


All three websites format in the Chicago style.  Each formats one citation at a time; you'll need to key in the information.


Which Chicago?

Regarding the Chicago style, there are two different versions.

  • Notes-Bibliography (NB) is used by those in the humanities fields: literature, arts, history.  Chicago NB uses footnotes or endnotes within the text, and a bibliography of sources.
  • Author-Date (AD) is preferred by those in the social sciences and sciences.  Chicago AD uses in-text or parenthetical citations (the author of the source, the date) and a reference list, or list of sources.



Zotero is a free Firefox extension which allows you to collect, manage, and cite your sources right in your Web browser.

Formats in Chicago style.

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