How to Cite a Report in Chicago/Turabian

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Reports are a commonly cited type of resource and are usually published by government agencies, non-profit organizations, or corporations. In Chicago style, citations for reports are similar to citations for books, although their formatting may change slightly depending on the type of information available for a report. This guide will show you how to create notes-bibliography style citations for print and online reports using the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Guide Overview

Citing an Online Report

Chicago Style Online Report Citation Structure:

Note:

  1. First name Last name, Title of Work (Publisher City: Publisher, year of publication), URL.

Bibliography:

Last name, First name. Title of Work. Publisher City: Publisher, year of publication. URL.

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Chicago Style Online Report Citation Example:

Note:

  1. Yulia Gorbunova, Laws of Attrition: Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society After Putin’s Return to the Presidency (New York: Human Rights Watch, 2013), https://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/04/24/laws-attrition.

Bibliography:

Gorbunova, Yulia. Laws of Attrition: Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society After Putin’s Return to the Presidency. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2013. https://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/04/24/laws-attrition.

Note: With this source, the report only specifies a publication country. To find the city of publication and other bibliographic data, search for the ISBN or publication title on a website like WorldCat.org (in this case, it is New York).


Chicago Style Print Report Citation Structure:

Note:

  1. First name Last name, Title of Work (Publisher City: Publisher, year of publication).

Bibliography:

Last name, First name. Title of Work. Publisher City: Publisher, year of publication.

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Chicago Style Print Report Citation Example:

The main difference between the citation for an online report and a print report is that a URL will not be included for a print report.

Note:

  1. Turnitin, What’s Wrong with Wikipedia?: Evaluating the Sources Used by Students (Oakland: iParadigms, LLC, 2013).

Bibliography:

Turnitin. What’s Wrong with Wikipedia?: Evaluating the Sources Used by Students. Oakland: iParadigms, LLC, 2013.


Citing a Report with the Same Author and Publisher

Often, for reports published by organizations, corporations, or government agencies, a specific author is not named. In this instance, you can usually treat the author and the publisher as the same entity. When citing a report where the author and the publisher are the same, the publisher’s name can be used in the author slot in addition to the publisher slot.

Chicago Style Report Citation Structure:

Note:

  1. Organization/Company Name, Title of Report, (Publisher City: Publisher, year of publication), URL.

Bibliography:

Organization/Company name. Title of Report. Publisher City: Publisher, year of publication. URL.

Chicago Style Report Citation Example:

Note:

  1. Microsoft, Annual Report 2021, (Redmond, WA: Microsoft, 2021), https://www.microsoft.com/investor/reports/ar21/index.html.

Bibliography:

Microsoft. Annual Report 2021. Redmond, WA: Microsoft, 2021. https://www.microsoft.com/investor/reports/ar21/index.html.

Note: If the report was not written by the publisher and an author name still cannot be found, omit the author field and begin the citation with the title of the report instead. 



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