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Citation Examples – Books


Author’s last name, First name. Book Title. City: Publisher, Date. Print.


One Author

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. New York: Scribner, 1987. Print.

Seifer, Marc J.. The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2009. Print.

Stwertka, Albert. A Guide to the Elements. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.

Two or Three Authors

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Columb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Print.

More than Three Authors

Roberts, Simon, et al. The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide. Alameda, CA: Sybex, 1999. Print.

General Editor as Author – listed on Title page as Editor

Lide, David R. ed. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. 90th Edition. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2009. Print.

Anonymous Book — if there is no author or editor, do not use Anon. or Anonymous, give title first

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2008. Mahwah, NJ: World Almanac Books, 2008. Print.

Single Work from an Anthology – collection of stories, poems, articles or essays

Crane, Stephen. “The Open Boat.” The Norton Book of American Short Stories. Ed. Peter S. Prescott. New York: W.W.Norton and Company, 1998. 24-29. Print.

Douglass, Frederick. "My Bondage and My Freedom." 1855. Upper School American Literature Reader. Raleigh: Ravenscroft School, 2013. 67. Print.

Article in a Reference Book or Specialized Encyclopedia – may or may not have Editor

Kilner, John F. “Macroallocation.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Warren T. Reich. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1995. Print.

General Encyclopedia – not specialized and released annually – no publication info needed

Rourke, John T. “Foreign Policy.” Academic American Encyclopedia. 2007. Print.

General Encyclopedia – without author (unsigned)

“Polo.” The World Book Encyclopedia. 2008. Print.

Shakespeare - important to note that you use Title, Act, and Line in the parenthetical citation because there are so many reprints. The helps the reader find the quote in whatever version they are using.

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York: Washington Square Press - New Folger. 1992. Print.

Translation – give translator or editor after title unless you’re comparing translations

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. Trans. Seamus Heaney. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2002. Print.

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