How to cite a book introduction in Chicago

Chicago style book introduction citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the chapter: Include the book author after the title only if the introduction was written by someone else.
  2. Introduction to Title of the book: Give the title of the introduction if available. If not, write 'Introduction to' followed by the book title in italics.
  3. Author(s) of the book: Include the book author after the title only if the introduction was written by someone else.
  4. Pages: Give the page number or full page range of the source.
  5. Place of publication: Give the place of publication of the source.
  6. Publisher: Give the publisher name in full.
  7. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

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

Author(s) of the chapter. Introduction to Title of the book, by Author(s) of the book, Pages. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.

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

Examples

The introduction to a book by one author

Lewis, John S. Introduction to Rain of Iron and Ice, 1-9. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 1996.

The introduction to the special edition of a book by one author

Gaarder, Jostein. Introduction to the twentieth anniversary edition of Sophie's World, xi-xvi. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015.

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