New Student's Guide to the Library: Recognize Book Citations

Incoming freshmen and new students: start here to use library resources

Look for:

  • AUTHOR of the book or of an individual essay/chapter
  • EDITOR if the book is a collection of individual essays/chapters
  • TITLE of the book
  • if relevant, TITLE of the essay or chapter used
  • if relevant, PAGE NUMBERS of the essay or chapter used
  • EDITION number (unless it's the 1st)
  • PLACE of publication
  • name of PUBLISHER
  • DATE of publication

How these elements are arranged varies depending on the citation style used.

Sample Book Citations

Chicago style for a book by a single author:

Piscitelli, Stephen. Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2013.

 

MLA style for a book accessed online through ebrary database on February 27, 2014:

Moore, Sarah. How to Be a Student[:] 100 Great Ideas and Practical Habits for Students Everywhere. Maidenhead:
     Open U P, 2005. ebrary. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.

 

APA style for an essay or chapter by two authors in a book with two editors:

Gurung, R. A. R., & McCann, L. I. (2012). How should students study? In B. M. Schwartz & R. A. R. Gurung (Eds.),
      Evidence-based teaching for higher education (pp. 99-116). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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