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Chicago Style: Journal Articles

A guide to writing papers and citing sources in Chicago style.


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Rules for Journal Notes

Journal articles will make up much of your research at ABAC. Notes for journals will follow a similar format as notes for books. The only major difference between a note for a print journal and one for an online journal is the inclusion of a URL or DOI (digital object identifier) for the online journal.

  1. Author: Full name(s) of authors (Firstname Middlename Lastname).
  2. Article Title: and subtitle of article or column, with all major words capitalized(surrounded by quotation marks)
  3. Journal Title: all major words capitalized (in italicized characters) [no comma after title information].
  4. Volume/Issue: information (volume number, no. [issue number])
  5. Publication date: in parentheses and ended with a colon “(month, year):”.
  6. Page numbers: (where appropriate).
  7. Access date: (for online publications
  8. URL/ DOI: (for online publications).

The basic layout for a journal note follows:

[indented tab]1. Author Firstname Lastname, “Article Title:Subtitle,” Title of Journal volume #, no. [Issue number] (Publication Month, Year): page numbers, access date, URL/DOI.


Physical Journal

1. Hope A. Olson, “Codes, Costs, and Critiques: The Organization of Information in Library Quarterly, 1931-2004,” Library

Quarterly 76, no. 1 (2006): 20.

Online Journal

2. Judith Lewis, “’Tis a Misfortune to Be a Great Ladie’: Maternal Mortality in the British Aristocracy, 1558-1959,” Journal

of British Studies 37, no. 1 (1998): 26-53,

3. David Meban, “Temple Building, Primus Language, and the Proem to Virgil’s Third Georgic,” Classical Philology 103,

no. 2 (2008): 135, doi:10.10.86/590066.