For the Chicago Style, if I am citing multiple pages from one website do I have to cite each page separately or can I just cite the website?

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Tamara K. H. eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Chicago Style offers two reference systems. The fist reference system is referred to as the Notes-Bibliography system, or NB system. This system is favored by humanities scholars. The second Chicago Style reference system is the author-date system, which is preferred by science scholars. Both systems require the scholar to reference page numbers in every citation, but the citations will be of a different style.

With respect to the NB system, for every source cited, the scholar will also need to create either a footnote at the bottom of the page on which the source appears, or to create an endnote at the end of each chapter or at the end of the entire document. Each footnote or endnote will list the bibliographical information for the source and will be marked by a subscript number that corresponds to the subscript number in the body of the document, at the end of the sentence in which the source is cited.

In the first footnote you create for a source that appears more than once in the text, such as a website, you will need to include all biographical information, including author, title, publishing data, and page numbers. But the second and additional times that the source is cited, you will only need to include author's surname, the first four words of the title, and the page numbers. Be sure to always cite the page numbers in your footnotes or endnotes.

If you are using the NB system, You will not, however, need to cite the page numbers again in the Bibliography.  The Bibliography will only require author's name, title, and all publishing data.

For the science scholars the author-date system is very similar. The biggest difference is that after you refer to the source in the text, you will put your citation reference in parentheses at the end of the sentence. The parenthetical citation will include the author's last name, year of publication, and the page number.

But again, for the Bibliography, you will not need to reference the page numbers of your source. The Bibliography will still only include the author, tittle, and publishing data.

To summarize, whether you are using the Chicago Manual of Style note-bibliography style, or the author-date style, you will need to cite the page numbers for every page of every source used, including every page of your website. You will not, however, need to repeat the page number information in your Bibliography

mkcapen1 | Student


When using citations one needs to cite the initial reference only once in the reference section of your paper.  However, in the actual document each section that has information that was obtained from the text needs to be cited with the pages of the text that were referenced.  This procedure enables the reader to be able to look in the reference section, locate the book and be able to go directly to the pages in which the resource is found.  While few professors may actually do this, one should always follow the guidelines if one desires to earn a good grade.