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Chicago Style (17th Edition) Citation Guide: Journal Articles



All citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.


All citations should use first line indent, where the first line of the footnote should be indented by 0.5 inches; all subsequent lines are not indented.

Footnotes should be the same font size and style as the rest of your paper.

See instructions for how to insert footnotes in Microsoft Word.



If there is no known author, start the citation with the title of the article instead.

Access Date

Chicago style does not recommend including access dates in the citation, unless no date of publication for the source may be located.

Journal Article From Library Database with DOI or a URL

When citing articles from online databases (such as ATLA Religion Database or JSTOR), include the DOI (preferred) or the URL to assist your reader in connecting to the article online.

Access dates are not necessary for articles from library databases. Access dates are only necessary if no date of publication for the source may be located.

One Author


Kilgallen, John J. “The Elder Son.” Expository Times 115, no. 6 (2004): 186-89. m/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=1201293 5&site=ehost-live&scope=site.


1. John J. Kilgallen, “The Elder Son,” Expository Times 115, no. 6 (2004): 187, m/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=12012935 &site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Two to Three Authors


Ritchie, Daniel E, and Jared Hedges. “Choosing Rest in Paradise Lost.” Christianity and Literature 67, no. 2 (2018): 271–93. doi:10.1177/0148333117725606.


Daniel E. Ritchie and Jared Hedges, “Choosing Rest in Paradise Lost,” Christianity and Literature 67, no. 2 (2018): 271–93, doi:10.1177/0148333117725606.

Four to Ten Authors

For sources with four to ten authors, list all authors in the bibliography; in the footnote, list only the first author’s name followed by the phrase et al. (Latin for “and others”)


McCorkle, Brian H., Carole Bohn, Tricia Hughes, and David Kim. “‘Sacred Moments’: Social Anxiety in a Larger Perspective.” Mental Health, Religion & Culture 8, no. 3 (September 2005): 227–38. doi:10.1080/13694670500138874.


1. Brian H. McCorkle et al., “Sacred Moments: Social Anxiety in a Larger Perspective,” Mental Health, Religion & Culture 8, no. 3 (2005): 230, doi:10.1080/13694670500138874.

Journal Article from Online Source


Booij, Thijs. “Psalm 141: A Prayer for Discipline and Protection.” Biblica 86, no. 1 (2005): 97-106.


1. Thijs Booij, “Psalm 141: A Prayer for Discipline and Protection,” Biblica 86, no. 1 (2005): 100, 2005/Psalm-141-A-Prayer-For-Discipline-AndProtection/130/.

Journal Article in Print


Fewell, Danna Nolan, and David M. Gunn. “Boaz, Pillar of Society: Measures of Worth in the Book of Ruth.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 45 (1993): 45-59.


1. Danna Nolan Fewell and David M. Gunn, “Boaz, Pillar of Society: Measures of Worth in the Book of Ruth,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 45 (1993): 46. | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798
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