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Music Citations: Turabian/Chicago Style: Chapters & Essays

This guide will assist with formatting music citations using the Turabian/Chicago style. For more info, consult Turabian Manual: MUS REFPN203.T8 2007 or consult Chicago Manual online at:

Citation Format: B=bibliography N=footnote

B: Article Author Last Name, First. “Fabulous chapter on unique topic.” In Title of Book Containing this Fabulous Chapter, edited by Editor First Name Last, page numbers. City: Publisher, Year.

Example.: Smith, John. “Those Chords Sound Janky.” In Chord Types: Historians and Novelists Confront America’s Chord Types, edited by Mary Q. Contrary, 147-54. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011.

N: 1Article Author First Name last, “Fabulous chapter on unique topic,” in Title of Book Containing this Fabulous Chapter, ed. Editor First Name Last (City: Publisher, year), page numbers.

Example: 1John Smith, “Those Chords Sound Janky,” in Chord Types, ed. Mary Q. Contrary (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011), 147-54.


You will notice in this style of citation that the page numbers come before the publication information in the bibliographic (B) citation,after the publication information in the footnote (N) format. Next--if you have more than one editor, use "eds." instead of "ed." in the footnote, before you enter the names of the editors.

Turabian Location

Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th ed., rev. by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, et al. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018).

When to cite them

Turabian suggests that when it comes to books, you should cite the main title of the book if it offers a single, continuous argument or narrative. But--if you only consult on part of a book that is a collection of independent pieces on several topics--then you may cite the one chapter or essay most relevant to your research.