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Citation Guides: Books

Basic Book Format


Basic Book Format

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Books: One Author


Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.

Books: Multiple Authors

When the book has just 2 authors……..Reverse the first of the names…follow it with a comma and and, and give the 2nd name in normal order. See example


Olsen, Gregg, and Rebecca Morris. If I Can't Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children. St. Martin's True Crime, 2015, pp. 18-22.

Books: Three or more Authors

The first author is listed……followed by et al.


Wysocki, Anne Frances, et al. Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition. Utah State UP, 2004.


Books: Editors

Last name, First Name, editor. Title. Publisher, Publication Date.


           Holland, Merlin, and Rupert Hart-Davis, editors. The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde. Henry Holt, 2000.


A Work in an Anthology, Reference Book or a Collection

Last name, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Title of poem, essay, story, etc. is put in quotes.


         Burns, Robert. "Red, Red Rose." 100 Best-Loved Poems, edited by Philip Smith, Dover, 1995, p. 26.

An E-Book

An e-book can stand alone AND be part of another container or online collection.

Last name, first name. Title. Publisher, date. Title of Container, DOI location.


        Gikandi, Simon. Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Cambridge UP, 2000. ACLS Humanities E-book,





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