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How to Cite the Constitution in Chicago Style

Step 1

Collect the necessary information -- the article or amendment number, section and clause referenced.

Step 2

List the number of the amendment or the number of the article in Roman numerals, but list other numbers using Arabic numerals.

Step 3

Cite each amendment or article used. Don’t cite the entire U.S. Constitution. Use a footnote for each section of the Constitution you reference so that readers will know exactly where you found the information.

Step 4

List the footnote as the abbreviated form of the Constitution (U.S. Const.), whether it is an amendment or an article and the section and clause numbers. For example:

[Amendment] U.S. Const. amend. XI. Sec. 2. [Article] U.S. Const. art. 2. sec. 3. cl. 1.

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About the Author

Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.