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- Citing Sources in Chicago TutorialOnline tutorial with how-to videos on Chicago style for footnotes and bibliographies. Includes interactive elements to test your knowledge.
- Cite It Right in Chicago StyleExamples of how to cite an article, book, and website in Chicago style, with links to other sources for further help.
Citing Sources in Chicago Style
- Chicago Manual of Style Online This link opens in a new windowA searchable version of the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. A Citation Quick Guide provides common examples for formatting citations.
- OWL at Excelsior: Chicago Manual of StyleExamples of correct documentation in Chicago Style from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Excelsior College.
- Citing Primary Sources: Chicago (from the Library of Congress)Examples from the Library of Congress on how to cite manuscripts, maps, cartoons, newspapers, and other types of primary sources found on their website using Chicago style.
- Writing Center's WebsiteMake an appointment for one-on-one help at the UTSA Writing Center.
Citing an Image
Identifying information is required for any image you use in a paper or presentation. Images are not generally cited in a bibliography or note in Chicago style, but if such an entry is needed, see The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, Section 14.235: Citing Paintings, Photographs, and Sculpture. The type of citation that is normally required is called a caption. A caption appears below the image and should contain as much of the following information as you are able to find.
- Creator First Name Last Name
- Title of work (in italics)
- Date created
- Medium (oil on canvas, photograph, poster, etc.)
- Dimensions (in inches or centimeters)
- Repository (institution that owns the orignal work) and city or country where located
- Image source (Database, website, book, etc.)
*Use n.d. to indicate no date
*ca., short for circa, may be substituted for the exact date if it is not known
Example: Diego Velázquez. The Toilet of Venus. 1647-51. Oil on canvas, 122.5 x 177 cm. National Gallery, London. Artstor, http://www.artstor.org.
- Chicago Manual of Style Online This link opens in a new windowIn the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, see Section 14.235 on Citing Paintings, Photographs, and Sculpture, for specific help with citing images.
Tips on Writing about Art
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- A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan BarnetCall Number: N7476 .B37 2008
- Writing for Visual Thinkers: A Guide for Artists and Designers by Andrea MarksCall Number: PN145 .M347 2011
- Writing about Art by Henry M. SayreCall Number: N7476 .S29 2009
- Thinking and Writing about Art History by Donna K. ReidCall Number: N380 .R438 2004
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