How to Make a Works Cited Page and how to Footnote Sources

How to Make Works Cited Page Entries – Chicago Style

(Couture version)

Basic Purpose of a works cited page: A works cited page tells your reader the detail of where you found your information. All works cited citations in any format (MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.) include the same five basic pieces of information about which a reader might be curious:

– the author of the piece

– the title of the work

– the place the work is published

– the publisher or website

– the date.


Note: When handwriting any works cited entry, replace italics with underlining. When typing, just use italics.

Title your works cited page “Works Cited” centered on the page in 18ish point font.



Author last name, Author first name. “Individual Page Title.” Root Cite name italicized, date posted. Accessed date,

NOTE: Many websites have no author.  Leave the author blank in that case. Similarly, if there is no posted date, only include the accessed date. Accessed date means the date you looked at it.


Guye, Sommé. “The Emperor Trajan.” Rome Web, 11/11/2011. Accessed 1/2/2017, wxw.uwisc.somme/emperors/trajan.htm.


Book with One Author:

Author last name, Author first name. Title italicized. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication.


Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire. New York: Simon Schuster, 1999.


Book with Two Authors:

Author last name, Author first name and Author first name Author last name. Title underlined OR italicized. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication.


Bonds, Barry., and Tyler Hamilton. Playing Fair. California: SI Press, 2005.


Book with an Editor:

Editor last name, Editor first name, ed. Title underlined OR italicized. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication.


Travis, Carol, ed. Mismeasure of Woman. London: Oxford Press, 1993.


Journal or Magazine Article:

Author last name, Author first name. “Article Title.” Title of Journal or Magazine underlined OR italicized. (Date of publication): page range.


Hoover, Carlos. “Things Suck.” Journal of Vacuum Studies. (January 2002): 13-15.


Newspaper Article:

Author last name, Author first name. “Article Title.” Newspaper, Date.


Howe, Karl. “Baseball’s Money Problem.” New York Times, March 7, 2003.


Footnoting Sources in a Paper – Chicago Style

Basic Purpose of footnotes: Footnotes are a shortened version of a works cited entry. They point the reader to the full works cited citation and the page where the information can be found.


How to make footnotes: Computers make it easy.

In Google Docs, click the “Insert” tab and then the “footnote” button.

In Microsoft Word, click the “References” tab and click the “Insert Footnote” button.

Both Word and Docs automatically renumber footnotes as you add them or cut-and-paste them.


Imagine you have used two sources:

Camus, Albert. The Stranger. New York: New Directions Press, 1959.

Perec, Georges. “De Gaulle.” Things about Algeria, 7/14/1973. Accessed 5/14/2014.


Example of two fake footnotes are found in the fake text below:

Unlike Germany, France was a more friendly nation to ethnic minorities.  The long connection between France and North Africa (in particular Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco) helped give France a history of integrating non-French people into French society.  Although he was later proved wrong, De Gaulle said, “there is no difference between an Algerian and a Frenchman.  They are one and the same.”1  True, the French in Algeria during the Algerian War of Independence might not have agreed.  As Camus’ narrator said in The Stranger, “he’s only an Arab,” implying that a Frenchman was better than an Arab.2  Still, it was because the French knew the Algerians so well that the French eventually learned to see the Algerians as true people.  Hatred and political division split the two sides, but they were inevitably both people.  

1  Perec, “De Gaulle.” Things about Algeria,

2  Camus, The Stranger, 122.

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