Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 16, 2019     Views: 5852

To find specific instruction on how to format a table using Chicago citation style, use the Online Chicago Manual of Style Online, 17th edition, Chapter 3: Illustrations and Tables, sections 3.47-3.88.  The Chicago Manual of Style Online, 17th edition is on the “A-Z Database List”, under “C”.

Chapter 3 in the manual covers the parts of a table, cell alignment, formatting, notes, and editing table content.

Here is some basic information for all tables:

  1. Explain your table in the previous paragraph in your research paper.
  2. Add the table immediately after your description.
  3. Add a number before each table.  Here’s an example:  Table 1, Table 2.
  4. Add a source a source line at the bottom of the table.  The format is like a footnote.
  5. Add a citation to your bibliography.

More information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online Students) for assistance with Chicago Style.

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style or speak to your professor about the appropriate way to format a table in Chicago style.


University of Chicago. (2017). The Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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