How to cite an eBook in Chicago

Chicago style eBook citation

To cite an eBook in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the eBook: Give first the last name, then the name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For more than seven authors, list the first seven names followed by et al.
  2. Title of the eBook: Give the title as presented in the source.
  3. Place of publication: Give the place of publication of the source.
  4. Publisher: Give the publisher name in full.
  5. Pages: Give the page number or full page range of the source.
  6. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.
  7. URL: Give the full URL from the direct source. Include http:// or https://.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an eBook in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the eBook. Title of the eBook. Place of publication: Publisher, Pages, Year of publication. URL.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Chicago style guidelines in action:


eBook with one author.

Liu, Jiping. Nitrate Esters Chemistry and Technology. Singapore: Springer, 189-213, 2019.

eBook with one author.

Neimark, Anne E. Sigmund Freud: The World Within. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. page/n5.

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