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Chicago style citations fo music

Chicago style for music: three things you need to know:

  1. Chicago style has two different styles within it: Humanities (also called Notes/Bibliography) and Author-Date
  2. Do not choose Author-Date. It's easy to spot because it's written with the date immediately following the author.
  3. Look for the option called Chicago-Humanities, Chicago-Notes/Bibliography, or Turabian. These should all be the same thing.

Example: citing a score

Author name. Title of Score. Edited by Name (if there is no editor, leave this part out). Place of publication: Publisher, year. (if there is no place, leave that part out; if there is no publisher and/or it was published online, say the year and then paste the url).

Specific score example:

Salfelder, Kathryn. Shadows Ablaze. Kon Brio, 2015.

  • Above you see that the place was left out as there was none, and the url was included as it was published online.

Example: citing a web page

Hagenberg, Elaine. “About.” Elaine Hagenberg Music. Accessed March 15, 2019.

Look for these things:

  • Author or responsible party
  • Title of the actual page--put inside quotes
  • Title of website--not italicized. May be excluded if not applicable
  • Date of access, written as above
  • url

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