Citation Guide

How to cite a magazine in a bibliography using Chicago

The most basic entry for a magazine consists of the author name(s), article title, magazine name, and publication date.

Last Name, First Name. "Article Title." Magazine Name, Publication Date.

Smith, John. "Obama inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009.

The first author's name should be reversed, with a comma being placed after the last name and a period after the first name (or any middle name/initial). The name should generally be written as it appears on the title page although certain adjustments may need to be made. Titles and affiliations associated with the author should be omitted. A suffix, such as a roman numeral or Jr./Sr. should appear after the author's given name, preceded by a comma.

For a book written by two or more authors, list them in order as they appear on the title page. Only the first author's name should be reversed, while the others are written in normal order. Separate author names by a comma.

Smith, John, and Jane Doe. "Obama inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009.

The full article title, which is followed by a period, should be placed within quotation marks. Place the period within the quotation marks. Although Chicago traditionally uses the headline style of capitalizing the first letter of each word in the title, sentence style is also acceptable. Be consistent in your bibliography in using either style. The article title is followed by the name of the magazine, which is italicized. Place a comma after the magazine name.

The complete date of the magazine article should be written in the month-day-year format. The publication date may consist of a complete date (e.g. January 1, 2009), a period that spans multiple months (March - April 2009), or simply a month and year (e.g. February 2009). Give whatever publication date information is available. End the citation with a period.

Smith, John, and Jane Doe. "Obama inaugurated as President." Time, January - February 2009.

If the article was published online, include the web address of the article, and then place the word "accessed", along with the date on which you accessed the website (written in the format of "month day, year") in parentheses. Conclude the citation with a period after the parentheses. For an article found in a database, cite it the same way you would an article published online: place the database URL in place of the website URL and cite the date on which you accessed the article.

Smith, John. "Obama inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009. http://www.time.com/news/obama_inaugurated.html (accessed February 21, 2009).

Smith, John. "Obama inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009. http://www.lexisnexis.com (accessed February 21, 2009).

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