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A Guide for Music Citation - Chicago/Turabian Style

This guide supports music students by providing examples and tips for Chicago/Turabian style citation. It covers all types of music sources, including texts, scores, and recordings.


You may not be able to find complete citation information for every website. Try to include as much of the following as you can:

  • Author(s)
  • Title of the page (in quotes)
  • Title or owner of the site
  • Access date
  • The date the site was last modified
  • URL

You will insert a date before the URL. That date should be (in order of preference): the website published date, the date the site was last modified, or the date you accessed the website.

To cite a recording you listened to on YouTube, see the Audio Recordings tab.


1. Debra Lacoste, Jan Koláček, and Kate Helsen, "Liberasti enim me apressura," Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant, accessed January 23, 2015,

2. John Corigliano, "Symphony No. 1 (1988)," John Corigliano, July 22, 2016,


Lacoste, Debra, Jan Koláček, and Kate Helsen. "Liberasti enim me apressura." Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Accessed January 23, 2015.

Corigliano, John. "Symphony No. 1 (1988)." John Corigliano. Accessed July 22, 2016.

  • You do not need to list websites in your bibliography unless they are critical to your argument and/or frequently cited.



1. Alex Ross, "Music As a Weapon," The Rest Is Noise (blog), June 27, 2016, accessed July 1, 2016,


Ross, Alex. "Music As a Weapon." The Rest Is Noise (blog). June 27, 2016. Accessed July 1, 2016.

  • If the title makes it clear that it is a blog, do not include (blog).
    • For example: The Collaborative Piano Blog