How to cite a software in Chicago

Chicago style software citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the software: Give the author or the company that created it.
  2. Title of the software: Give the title as presented in the source.
  3. Version number: Start with 'V.' followed by the version number.
  4. Publisher: Give the publisher name in full.
  5. Platform: Describe where the software can be installed.
  6. 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 software in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the software. Title of the software. V. Version number. Publisher. Platform. Year of publication.

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

Examples

A software with one group author

Biostat. Comprehensive Meta-Analysis. V. 3.3.070. Biostat. PC. 2014.

A software with one group author

PerkinElmer. ChemDraw Prime. V. 17.1. PerkinElmer. Mac OS. 2018.

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