Chigago referencing: Books

Reference Books

Well-known reference books are generally only cited in notes, not the bibliography.  Full publication information is usually not included, but the edition must be specified. References to an alphabetically arranged work cite the item preceded by "s.v.", instead of a volume or page number. To cite less well-known reference books, or if a fuller citation is required, please see the page for a Chapter or Article in a Multi-Author Book.

General format (for well known reference books)
  • Full note:
    1. Book Title: Subtitle, Edition, s.v. "Title of Entry."
  • Concise note:
    2. Book Title: Subtitle, Edition, s.v. "Title of Entry."
  • Bibliography:
    Often omitted.
Example
  • Full note:
    1. Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "Salvation."
  • Concise note:
    2. Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "Salvation."
  • Bibliography:
    Often omitted.