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Library Guide: Language, Linguistics & Philosophy: Chicago References

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This page provides resources to assist with citing and referencing sources in Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17th ed., author-date format.

For the purpose of this guide, the manual will be referred to as CMOS 17.

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Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.

The Chicago Manual of Style (Author- Date) is the citation style which the UWI Thesis Guide states should be used by students in the Faculty of Engineering.


Please note that the guidance provided by The UWI Thesis Guide (formatting, layout  etc.) takes precedence over that offered by CMOS.

In-text Citation Formats Chicago 17th Ed.

Chicago's Two Systems of Source Citations

Overview:14.2: Chicago’s two systems of source citation

Chapter Contents / Source Citations: An Overview

This chapter describes the first of Chicago’s two systems of source citation, which uses notes, whether footnotes or endnotes or both, usually together with a bibliography. The notes allow space for unusual types of sources as well as for commentary on the sources cited, making this system extremely flexible. Because of this flexibility, the notes and bibliography system is preferred by many writers in literature, history, and the arts. Chicago’s other system—which uses parenthetical author-date references and a corresponding reference list as described in chapter 15—is nearly identical in content but differs in form. The author-date system is preferred for many publications in the sciences and social sciences but may be adapted for any work, sometimes with the addition of footnotes or endnotes. For journals, the choice between systems is likely to have been made long ago; anyone writing for a journal should consult the specific journal’s instructions to authors (and see 14.3).

Faculty of Engineering uses the Author - Date System of citation.

Reference list example in Chicago 17th Ed style

What's New in CMOS 17th ed.

Recommended Style

This is the referencing style which the UWI Thesis Guide states should be used by students in the following Faculties:

  • Engineering
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Law (amongst other styles)
  • Science and Technology (amongst other styles)
  • Social Sciences

All new students should use the 17th ed. Continuing students who have almost completed their thesis and near submission may submit in the 16th ed. If you have now commenced writing, do use the 17th ed. If you are at a point where you are unsure which edition to use, kindly consult your librarian for verification.​

Please note that the guidance provided by the UWI Thesis Guide (formatting, layout) takes precedence over that offered by CMOS.