How to cite an edited book in Chicago

Chicago style edited book citation

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

  1. Editor(s) of the book: Give first the last name, then the name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two editors, 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 editors, list the first seven names followed by et al.
  2. Title of the book: 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. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

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

Editor(s) of the book, ed(s). Title of the book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.

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


Edited book with one editor.

Miller, sj, ed. Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016.

Edited book with five editors.

Rezzolla, Luciano, Pierre Pizzochero, David Ian Jones, Nanda Rea, and Isaac Vidaña, eds. The Physics and Astrophysics of Neutron Stars. Switzerland: Springer, 2018.

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