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FYS 100 (36): Latin American Politics & Film (Pribble): Chicago Citations

Research Guide for Dr. Jenny Pribble's First Year Seminar.

Chicago/Turabian Overview

There are 2 styles to choose from when using Chicago -- you need to ask your professor which style he or she would like you to use. The main differences between the styles are where the references are placed, where the dates are placed and how the titles are capitalized.

1. Notes/Bibliography - Humanities: numbered footnotes or endnotes at the bottom of each page, with Bibliography or Works Cited list at the end of the paper, listing alphabetically the sources in your notes.

2. Reference List/Parenthetical (in-text citations) - Author/Date: in your text, brief references are listed consisting of the author's last name, publication year, and page(s) referred to, with an alphabetized Reference List at the end of your paper.

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Chicago Citation Examples

Citing Films in Chicago Author/Date Style

Chicago Author/Date citations for films are pretty easy.  Below are examples of how to cite a film within your writing (in text) and in your bibliography.


For in text citations, think of the director as the author and the year is the year of the original release of the film. The "34:23" in this example is the time stamp of the moment in the film when I'm citing. 

In Text Citation Example for the film Machuca:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua (Wood 2006, 34:23).


For the citation in a bibliography, the elements you need to include in the citation of a film are:

Director. Movie Title. Release Date. City of Distributor: Distributor Name, Publication Dates. format. Online source or URL.

Full Citation Example for the film Machuca:

Wood, Andres, dir. Machuca. 2004; Venice, CA: Menemsha Films, Inc., 2006. DVD.

Wood, Andres, dir. Machuca. 2004; San Francisco: Passion River Productions, 2005. Streaming video. Kanopy.                                             

How to Cite a Report in Chicago Author-Date Format

Citing Reports

In this context, a "report" is a document created by an organization such as a think tank, policy organization, or other non-governmental organization (NGO). Many resources in politics and policy studies come from such organizations.

Reports are essentially treated like books in Chicago Author-Date Style (see Section 14 of the Chicago Manual of Style on "Pamphlets, reports, and the like" at

Here is an example of a report you might want to cite from the Kaiser Family Foundation.


(Alvarado et al. 2014)


Alvarado, Alex, Matthew Rae, Gary Claxton, and Larry Levitt. 2014. Examining Private Exchanges in the Employer-Sponsored Insurance Market. Menlo Park, CA.: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Accessed February 15, 2015.

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