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Chicago Style: Webpage

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


For a References page, your citations need to be double spaced and have a hanging indent. A hanging indent just means that every line after the first in your citation is indented 0.5". 

In Microsoft Word (PC or Mac), highlight your citation and right click on it. Select "Paragraph" in the menu that appears, then under "Indentation" click on the Special drop down and select "Hanging". Make sure the "By" field is set to 0.5".


Remember that if you are citing an electronic version of another source (PDF or HTML text of a book, chapter, or journal, for example), use the format for that source type instead of for a webpage. Webpage elements, separated by a period, include:

  1. Full name: of author(s) (Firstname Middlename Lastname). If no author is given, place the name of the publishing entity here.
  2. Title of Web Page (in quotations).
  3. Publisher Name of publishing entity (in italicized characters).
  4. Publication date and/or access date (if no publication date given, access date is mandatory).
  5. URL.

The layout for a webpage citation is:

Author Lastname, Firstname. “Title of webpage.” Name of publishing entity. Publication month/day/year. Access month/day/year. URL.


Date, No Author

Wikipedia.. “Style Guide.” Wikipedia. Last modified July 18, 2008.

Date and Author

Jalopy, Mister. “Effulgence of the North: Storefront Arctic Panorama in Los Angeles.” Dinosaurs and Robots. Last modified January 30, 2009.