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Music Citations: Turabian/Chicago Style: Books

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: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html

One Author: Turabian 17.1

B: Authors Last Name, First. Title of Book. City: Publisher, Year.

N: 1Author First Name Last, Title of Book (City: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

Quick tips!

  • In a Bibliographic citation, don’t forget to insert a “hanging indent.” As you'll see above, if your citation does not take up more than one line it won't look like the indentation is set to hanging but I promise the citation above has the hanging settings!
  • If the name of two or more cities are listed, only cite the first one.
  • If the city of publication is not well know, i.e. Cloverdale, IN, or might be confused with a city of the same name, i.e. Oxford, OH, include an abbreviation of the state, province, or country.
  • For foreign cities of publication, use the English name if there is one: i.e. Milan not Milano.
  • If there is no place of publication, write n.p.
  • If you can guess a probable place, put the location in brackets with a questions mark, i.e. [Munich?]: Albrecht Knaus.
  • Give the publishers name as it appears on the title page, but you may omit abbreviations such as The, Inc., & Co., and Ltd.

Multiple Authors: Turabian 17.1

B: Author Last Name, First, and Other Author(s) First Name Last.

Example: Three Authors: Austen, Jane, and Duke Ellington. Title of Book. etc.
Example: Four Authors: Austen, Jane, Duke Ellington, and Al Gore. Title of Book. etc.

N: 1Author First Name Last, Other Author(s) First Name Last.
Example: 2Jane Austen, Duke Ellington, and Al Gore, Title of Book, etc.

Note: In the footnote, if you have more than three authors, choose the first author on the title page, and then follow with “et al.”
Example3Jane Austen et al., Title of Book, etc.

Editor as Author: Turabian 17.1.1.2

B: Editor Last Name, First, ed. Title of Book. City: Publisher, Year.

N: 2Editor First Name Last, ed., Title of Book (City: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

If more than one editor is present, use “eds.” instead of “ed.”

Author + Editor Present: Turabian 17.1.1.1

B: Author Last Name, First. Title of Book. Edited by First Name Last. City: Publisher, Year.

N: 3Author First Name Last, Title of Book, ed. Editor First Name Last (City: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

If more than one editor is present, use “eds.” instead of “ed.” in footnote.

Multiple Editors: Turabian 17.1.1.1

B: Editor Last Name, First, and Other Editor’s First Name Last Name, eds. Title of Book

Example: Obama, Bo, and Choupette Lagerfeld, eds. Celebrity Pets…

N: Bo Obama and Choupette Lagerfeld, eds., Celebrity Pets...

Note: The editor’s names are Bo Obama and Choupette Lagerfeld. In the bibliographic (B) entry, only the first name is inverted as Last Name, First and in the footnote (F), all names appear regularly as First Name Last Name

Academic Honesty

“What is academic honesty?” YouTube video, 1:33. Posted by "Ronald Williams Library," January 29, 2015. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=JylxFnk7btU.

Translator Present: Turabian 17.1.1.1

B: Translator Last Name, First, trans. Title of Book. etc.

Example: Smith, John, trans. German Book of Songs. Etc.

N: 1Translator First Name Last, trans., Title of Book. etc.
Example: 1John Smith, trans., German Book of Songs...etc.

Translator along with author or editor

B: Smith, John. Native Instruments of Europe. Edited by Mary Q. Contrary. Translated by Amy Walker. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

B: Smith, John. Parallel Fifths and Other Horrors. Translated and edited by Amy Walker. New York: Scarecrow, 1992.

N1John Smith, Native Instruments of Europe, ed. Mary Q. Contrary, trans. Amy Walker (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 45-61.

N1John Smith, Parallel Fifths and Other Horrors, trans. And ed. Amy Walker (New York: Scarecrow, 1992), 48-52.

Revised Editions: Turabian 17.1.3.1

B: Authors Last Name, First. Title of Book. Rev. ed. City: Publisher, Year.

N: Author First Name Last, Title of Book , Rev. ed. (City: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

B: Authors Last Name, First. Title of Book. 2nd ed. City: Publisher, Year.

N: Author First Name Last, Title of Book , 2nd. ed. (City: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

Citing Multivolume Sets (Not Scores)

Please click HERE to be taken to the citation wizard.

For further examples, please consult: 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).