Citing a Speech in Chicago Style | Format & Examples

Note: This article mainly covers notes and bibliography style. For author-date style, click here.

In Chicago notes and bibliography style, the format for citing a speech or lecture depends on whether you viewed it in person or accessed it in a recording or transcript.

  • To cite a recorded or transcribed speech, follow the format for the relevant source type (e.g. website, book).
  • To cite a speech you viewed in person, give information about where and when it took place.

Citing a recorded or transcribed speech

To cite a transcript or video recording of a speech, follow the format appropriate to the source type where you found it, always starting with the speaker’s name. Formats and examples for various source types are shown in the tabs below.

Recorded or transcribed speech citation examples

Bibliography Speaker last name, First name. “Video Title.” Lecture Series, University Name, filmed Month Day, Year. Video of lecture, Video lengthURL.

Shapiro, Ian. “Lecture 1: Introduction to Power and Politics in Today’s World.” DeVane Lectures, Yale University, filmed August 29, 2019. Video of lecture, 56:14. https://youtu.be/BDqvzFY72mg.

Full note Speaker first name Last name, “Video Title,” Lecture Series, University Name, Month Day, Year, video of lecture, Video length or Timestamp(s), URL.

1. Ian Shapiro, “Lecture 1: Introduction to Power and Politics in Today’s World,” DeVane Lectures, Yale University, filmed August 29, 2019, video of lecture, 56:14, https://youtu.be/BDqvzFY72mg.

Short note Speaker last name, “Shortened Video Title,” Timestamp(s).

2. Shapiro, “Power and Politics,” 14:40.

Bibliography Speaker last name, First name. “Speech Title.” Recorded at Location, Month Day, Year. URL.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “I Have a Dream.” Recorded at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963. https://archive.org/details/MLKDream?_ga=2.40689319.403758245.1621009795-1614779249.1621009795.

Full note Speaker first name Last name, “Speech Title,” recorded at Location, Month Day, Year, Timestamp(s), URL.

1. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream,” recorded at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963, 1:15, https://archive.org/details/MLKDream?_ga=2.40689319.403758245.1621009795-1614779249.1621009795.

Short note Speaker last name, “Shortened Speech Title,” Timestamp(s).

2. King, “I Have a Dream,” 4:40.

Bibliography Speaker last name, First name. “Speech Title.” Transcript of speech delivered at Location, Month Day, Year. URL.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “I Have a Dream.” Transcript of speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963. https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm.

Full note Speaker first name last name, “Speech Title,” transcript of speech delivered at Location, Month Day, Year, URL.

1. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream,” transcript of speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963, https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm.

Short note Speaker last name, “Shortened Speech Title.”

2. King, “I Have a Dream.”

Bibliography Author last name, first name. “Speech Title.” In Book Title: Subtitle, edited by Editor first name last name, Page range. Place of publication: Publisher, Year.

Roosevelt, Theodore. “The Doctrine of the Strenuous Life.” In The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, rev. ed., edited by Brian MacArthur, 1–4. London: Penguin, 2017.

Full note Author first name last name, “Speech Title,” in Book Title: Subtitle, ed. Editor first name last name (Place of publication: Publisher, Year), Page number(s).

1. Theodore Roosevelt, “The Doctrine of the Strenuous Life,” in The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, rev. ed., ed. Brian MacArthur (London: Penguin, 2017), 3.

Short note Speaker last name, “Shortened Speech Title,” Page number(s).

2. Roosevelt, “Strenuous Life,” 4.

Citing a lecture you attended

When you’re citing a lecture you attended (e.g. a class lecture, a public talk, a conference presentation), list the speaker’s name, the title, the descriptive label “Lecture,” the name and location of the institution or event hosting the lecture, and the date it took place.

Bibliography Speaker last name, First name. “Lecture Title.” Lecture, Institution Name or Event Name, Location, Month Day, Year.

Smith, John. “The Causes and Consequences of the Spanish Civil War.” Lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 25, 2019.

Full note Speaker first name Last name, “Lecture Title” (lecture, Institution Name or Event Name, Location, Month Day, Year).

1. John Smith, “The Causes and Consequences of the Spanish Civil War” (lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 25, 2019).

Short note Speaker last name, “Shortened Lecture Title.”

2. Smith, “Spanish Civil War.”

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Citing speeches in Chicago author-date style

In Chicago author-date style, cite speeches and lectures using author-date in-text citations and reference list entries. A reference list entry is formatted very similarly to a bibliography entry, except that the year comes straight after the author’s name.

Explore the tabs below to see how to cite speeches in various formats in author-date style.

Author-date speech citation examples

Format Speaker last name, First name. Year. “Video Title.” Lecture Series, University Name, filmed Month Day, Year. Video of lecture, Video lengthURL.
Reference list Shapiro, Ian. 2019. “Lecture 1: Introduction to Power and Politics in Today’s World.” DeVane Lectures, Yale University, filmed August 29, 2019. Video of lecture, 56:14. https://youtu.be/BDqvzFY72mg.
In-text citation (Shapiro 2019, 33:11)
Format Speaker last name, First name. Year. “Speech Title.” Recorded at Location, Month Day, Year. URL.
Reference list King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1963. “I Have a Dream.” Recorded at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963. https://archive.org/details/MLKDream?_ga=2.40689319.403758245.1621009795-1614779249.1621009795.
In-text citation (King 1963, 4:15)
Format Speaker last name, First name. Year. “Speech Title.” Transcript of speech delivered at Location, Month Day, Year. URL.
Reference list King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1963. “I Have a Dream.” Transcript of speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, August 28, 1963. https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm.
In-text citation (King 1963)
Format Author last name, first name. Year. “Speech Title.” In Book Title: Subtitle, edited by Editor first name last name, Page range. Place of publication: Publisher.
Reference list Roosevelt, Theodore. 2017. “The Doctrine of the Strenuous Life.” In The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, rev. ed., edited by Brian MacArthur, 1–4. London: Penguin.
In-text citation (Roosevelt 2017, 3)
Format Speaker last name, First name. Year. “Lecture Title.” Lecture, Institution Name or Event Name, Location, Month Day, Year.
Reference list Smith, John. 2019. “The Causes and Consequences of the Spanish Civil War.” Lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 25, 2019.
In-text citation (Smith 2019)
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Colette Brown
December 10, 2021 at 11:26 PM

I found a typewritten script for a mayor's speech in an archive. The speech is held in the collection of records for this mayor's administration. The speech has a date and location listed on the first page. The year listed is 1967. There is not a corresponding audiovisual recording of the speech. There is nothing on the speech pages to indicate that they are a transcript written after the speech.

How would I cite this speech?

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Jack Caulfield
Jack Caulfield (Scribbr Team)
December 13, 2021 at 2:03 PM

Hi Colette,

It sounds like it would be best in this case to follow the format for citing documents from archives. The format varies depending on what information is available. Based on what you’ve described, I would suggest giving information in this order in a note:

Transcript of speech given at [Location of speech] by [Name of the mayor], [Date of speech], [Location within the archive] (e.g. something like “File 35” if the archive is organized in this way), [Name of archive], [Location of archive] (e.g. Athens).

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