Public Documents and Unpublished Materials
This section contains information on The Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
Contributors:Jessica Clements, Elizabeth Angeli, Karen Schiller, S. C. Gooch, Laurie Pinkert, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2011-12-07 09:40:30
Notes and bibliographic entries for public documents, like other documents, should include the elements needed to locate the items. These essential elements often include the following:
- Country, city, state, county
- Legislative body, executive department, court, bureau, board commission or committee
- Subsidiary divisions
- Title, if any, of the document or collection
- Individual author (editor or compiler), if given
- Report number or any other identification necessary or useful in finding the specific document
- Publisher, if different from issuing body
Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Unpublished Material.” Source type identifier, Place of Publication, year of publication.
Unpublished Materials: Theses, Dissertations, Presentations, Etc.
Titles of unpublished works should be capitalized and enclosed in quotation marks. In a note, the identification of a thesis or dissertation, the academic institution, and the date are enclosed in parentheses. In a bibliographic entry, they are not. Citations for a PhD dissertation would resemble those below but would replace the words “master’s thesis” with “PhD diss.”
Hostetler, Tara. “Bodies at War: Bacteriology and the Carrier Narratives of ‘Typhoid Mary.’” Master’s thesis, Florida State University, 2007.