A Chicago work cited consists of three elements. The author, the title, and the publication information of the source. There are variations in the presentation of these elements depending on the type of source you are citing.
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The person(s) or corporate entity responsible for producing a work. The term is used in its broader sense to include editor, compiler, composer, creator, etc. In citations, the author is included to give credit to those to whom the work belongs and to help the audience check the author's credentials.
A note or a work cited in a bibliography always includes the author(s) of the source. The table that follows presents author variations depending on the number of authors that have written a source. The information applies to all kinds of sources including books, articles, websites, films, videos, etc.
A source citation always includes the title of the source. The table that follows presents title variations depending on the type of source you want to cite in your notes or in your bibliography.
A citation always includes the publication information of the source. The table that follows presents the publication information variations depending on the source you want to cite in your notes or in your bibliography.
DOI vs. database name & URL: DOIs, database names, and URLs provide locational information for the sources. Check the table below and find out their characteristics and when you should cite each of these locational elements.