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Citation Style & References

Authors are expected to follow both the author-date citation format and the general style guidelines given in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. In the references list, sources are cited as in the following examples:

  • Monograph: Neelis, Jason. 2011. Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks: Mobility and Exchange within and beyond the Northwestern Borderlands of South Asia. Dynamics in the History of Religions, vol. 2. Leiden: Brill.
    (Neelis 2011, xyz)
  • Edited volume: Krech, Volkhard, and Marion Steinicke, eds. 2012. Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe: Encounters, Notions, and Comparative Perspectives. Dynamics in the History of Religions, vol. 1. Leiden: Brill.
    (Krech and Steinicke 2012)
  • Chapter in edited volume: Gould, Glenn. 1984. “Streisand as Schwarzkopf.” In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited by Tim Page, 308-11. New York: Vintage.
    (Gould 1984, xyz)
  • Journal article: Blair, Walter. 1977. “Americanized Comic Braggarts.” Critical Inquiry 4 (2): 311-49. (Blair 1977)
  • Websites: Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe. “Profile.” Accessed June 12, 2017.
  • Unpublished theses: Choi, Mihwa. 2008. “Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty.” PhD diss., University of Chicago. ProQuest (AAT 3300426).
  • Works in foreign languages: If your reference list includes works in foreign languages, provide transliteration and translation (in square brackets): Haddad, Grégoire. 2005. Al-ʿalmānīya aš-šāmila [Comprehensive Secularism]. Beirut: Dār muḫtārāt.

For more details and other types of sources, please consult the The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition or the Chicago Manual Citation Quick Guide. Please note that the Chicago Style is available in Citavi ("Citation"—"Change Citation Style"—"Search for Style") and can be downloaded for Zotero.


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