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Book Citation Examples

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Basic citation examples

This page provides examples of basic book citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA styles and highlights pertinent information on a book's title page.

Title page

Book title page

Title page from Edith Wharton's The Reef (1912), via Open Library, with relevant information for citation highlighted
Title page image from Open Library.

Basic book citations

Citations of example book

MLA: Works Cited entry

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Publisher, year.

Wharton, Edith. The Reef. Appleton, 1912.

MLA: in-text citations

(Lastname pages)

(Wharton 112-13)

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.

Chicago: Bibliography entry

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City: Publisher, year.

Wharton, Edith. The Reef. New York: Appleton, 1912.

Chicago: footnotes

#. 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.

APA: References entry

Lastname, F. I. (year). Book title. Location: Publisher.

Wharton, E. (1912). The reef. New York, NY: Appleton.

APA: in-text citations

(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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