The library's research databases will help you format sources you find while searching them, but they will not help you with other sources. These tools can help you format your references in Chicago style. Select the resource type, enter your data, and get a formatted citation that you can paste into your bibliography.
Caveat: These citation machines are not perfect - they are only as good as the data you feed them. You will still need to proofread your references - use the basic rules above to catch the most common mistakes.
The following is a summary of the basic rules for Chicago citations from The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010)
There are two methods of citation:
Notes are single-spaced and placed at the bottom of the page (footnotes), or at the end of the paper/chapter (endnotes).
Place a superscript number after the end punctuation of your citation in the text, like this.1 At the bottom of the page use a regular number followed by a period, followed by complete citation details. Following notes for the same work can be shortened but usually include the last name of the author(s), the key words of the main title, and the page number. When you have two consecutive notes from the same work, you may use “Ibid.” (meaning “in the same place”) and the page number for the second note (or "Ibid." alone if the page number is the same).
Make sure the date of publication is in the correct format
Watch for capitalization:
From Newfoundland’s Memorial University