Chicago 17th B is an author-date referencing style used across a broad range of subject areas. It is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
This guide is primarily for students completing assignments at Curtin University. If you are publishing (e.g. journal article, PhD), please consult the above publication as the examples provided here may differ slightly from the requirements outlined in the official style guide.
What is referencing?
Referencing is a standardised method of acknowledging sources of information that you have used in your assignments or research, in a way that uniquely identifies the source. It is not only necessary for avoiding plagiarism, but also for supporting your ideas and arguments.
Chicago 17th B referencing guide [PDF, 530kB] Download and use this guide to the Chicago 17th B referencing style including examples for in-text citations and reference list entries.
Chicago 17th B sample reference list [PDF, 176kB] Download this guide to see a sample reference list formatted in the Chicago B style.
Chicago 17th B reference checklist [PDF, 903kB] Download our handy checklist which highlights some points that you will need to pay attention to when reviewing your in-text citations and reference list.
Note on assignment formatting
Please check your unit outline/Blackboard for assignment formatting requirements (such as fonts, headers, spacing, word counts etc.) and assignment cover sheets. PhD and Masters by research students should consult the relevant publication manual for formatting information.
Need to use Chicago 17A referencing?
If you are required to use the footnotes version of the Chicago referencing style, Chicago 17th A, you can consult the Chicago Manual of Style, Notes and Bibliography: Sample Citations Citation Quick Guide, which provides examples and instruction for commonly used sources of information. You should also check your Unit Outline for any specific guidance from your Unit Coordinator.