This page provides examples of basic book citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA styles and highlights pertinent information on a book's title page.
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Publisher, year.
Wharton, Edith. The Reef. Appleton, 1912.
If the author's name is in the signal phrase or the source you're referring to is otherwise clearly indicated in the body text, include only the page number/s in the parenthetical citation.
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City: Publisher, year.
Wharton, Edith. The Reef. New York: Appleton, 1912.
#. Firstname Lastname, Book Title (City: Publisher, year), pages.
1. Edith Wharton, The Reef (New York: Appleton, 1912), 9.
3. Wharton, The Reef, 21.
4. Ibid., 112-13.
Lastname, F. I. (year). Book title. Location: Publisher.
Wharton, E. (1912). The reef. New York, NY: Appleton.
(Lastname, year, p. pages)
(Wharton, 1912, p. 9)
If the author's name is in the signal phrase, place the year in parentheses immediately after it, then include only "p." and the page number in the final parenthetical citation (use "pp." for multiple pages).
Wharton (1912) reveals … (p. 9).
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