How to cite a website in Chicago

Chicago style website citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the website: 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). If there is no specific author, give the website name.
  2. Title of the page: Give the title in quotation marks.
  3. Date of access: Give the month, day and year of access.
  4. URL: Give the full URL from the direct source. Include http:// or https://.

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

Author(s) of the website. "Title of the page." Accessed Date of access. URL.

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


A popular website without specific author

HelloGiggles: A Positive Community for Women. "Latest." Accessed September 15, 2019.

A website by a group author

NASA/JPL. "Infographic: Earth's carbon cycle is off balance." Accessed July 15, 2019.

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