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Chicago 17th B: Introduction

Chicago 17th B



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. 

Printable referencing guide


Download and use this guide to the Chicago 17th B referencing style including examples for in-text citations and reference list entries.



Download and use this guide to see an example of a reference list produced in the Chicago 17th B style.

Guide to referencing figures and tables


Learn how to reference tables and figures (graphs, charts, maps, drawings or photographs) in the Chicago 17th B style.


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.