about this tool

About this tool

Create a Chicago Style 17th edition formatted bibliography citation for an online book by filling in as many boxes as you can. In some cases, information may not be available. If so, leave those fields blank.

General format: Author(s). Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher, date of publication. URL, database or other source.

Chicago Style Citation Wizard

See all available Chicago Style Citation Formats

Electronic Book Citation

Fill in the information below required for citing an online book in a bibliography
Author's or Editor's Last name First Name, M.I. help

First Name citing

Write out the author's first name. If required, include the first initial with no punctuation. The Wizard will add that.


    Phillip J

Citing an Editor

Check this box if this is an anthology or collection edited by one or more editors. If this is a work edited by a person other than the author, list the author as usual and do not check this box. Manually add the editor to the finished citation preceded by: Edited by

Example 1

    Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre. Edited by Margaret Smith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

If the work cited is one selection of an edited collection or anthology, or a chapter of a book, list the author as usual and do not check this box. Manually add the editor to the finished citation as shown in Example 2:

Example 2

    Harris, Muriel. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers," in A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One. Edited by Ben Rafoth, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2000. 24-34.*
*Add pages to the end of the citation when referring to a chapter in the book.

Add more authors manually on the next page

Book Title Edition help


If edition information is available, enter it and abbreviate, e.g., second edition = 2nd edition.The wizard adds the parens for you. Otherwise leave the field blank.

Publisher City: State help

City, State Info Info

Enter the city of the publisher. If the City is not well-known, include the state abbreviation. The Wizard will add the required colon after the city or state.


    Portsmouth, NH
URL, Database or other digital source help

URL, Database or Other Source

Enter the URL, Database name or DOI, or other type of digital source.


    Goldstar Database
Date accessed help

Date Accessed

Use this field only if the publication date is unknown. Otherwise use this date format: Month Day Year. Months are not abbreviated.