How to Cite A Book with Simple Steps

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When you write a paper, you may need to use some books as references and cite books. If you quote some sentences in your paper, you need to be aware of the information about the books that quote those sentences. This is the simplest and most basic way of quoting a book.

When we cite a book, the information should include the author's name, year of publication, the title of the book, and the number of pages cited. There are many kinds of citing styles; each format has a different method of reference. Next, we will teach you how to cite a book in MLA, APA, and Chicago style step by step.

1. How to Cite A Book in APA

What is APA format?

APA style is one of the most common formats for citing sources. APA style citations consist of two parts: In-text citation and Reference list entry. This format is mainly used in the field of psychology, education, social science thesis writing.

APA Format

How to Cite A Book in APA

Sample APA Citation for Book

Step 1. List the author's name and publication date. Start with the author's last name and enter the author's first initials. Finally, add the publication year in parentheses.

APA Citation for Book Name And Year

Tips:

1. The author's last name must be followed by a comma and space. If there are multiple authors, separate the names of multiple authors with a comma, and add an "&" before the last author's name.

2. Remember to put a period outside the closing parenthesis of the publication year.

Step 2. Enter the title of the book. Type the title of the book in sentence case, capitalizing only the first word. If the book has a subtitle, capitalize the first word of the subtitle as well.

APA Citation for Book Title

Tips

"The title of the book should be in italics. You need to use a colon to separate the title and subtitle then put a period in the end."

Step 3. If the book has more than one version, you need to add the serial number of the version in parentheses after the book title and then add the abbreviation "ed". Finally, put a period in the end.

 APA Citation for Book Title Other Version

Step 4. Type the location and name of the publisher.

APA Citation for Book Location and Publisher

Tips:

1. If the book was published in the United States, please use the state's city and postal abbreviation as the location.

2. If the book is published outside the United States, use the city name and country name. Place a colon after the publisher, and then enter the name of the company that published the book.

3. Don't forget to put a period in the end.

2. How to Cite A Book in MLA

What is MLA format?

MLA style citations are commonly used by students and academics in the humanities. It is also the most commonly used reference format for writing English papers. MLA Style citations consist of two parts: In-text citations and a list of Works Cited. This format is mainly used in the field of arts, literature, and general humanities.

MLA Format

How to Cite A Book in MLA

Sample MLA Citation for Book

Step 1. Start with the author's last name and first name.

Sample MLA Citation for Book Author Name

Tips:

1. Add a comma after the author's last name and a period after the first name.

2. If the book has 2 or 3 authors, you need to separate the author's name with a comma, and use the word "and" before the last author's name.

3. If the book has more than 3 authors, please use the name of the first author, followed by a comma and the Latin abbreviation "et.al."

4. If the book doesn't have an author, start your Works Cited entry with the title of the book.

Step 2. Enter the book title.

MLA Citation for Book Title

Tips:

1. Provide the title of the book in italics, capitalizing the first word.

2. Remember to place a period at the end of the title.

3. If the book has a subtitle, place a colon and space at the end of the title and then type the subtitle.

Step 3. Type the publishing information. You need to type the publisher and the publication date.

MLA Citation for Book Publishing Information

Tips:

1. Type the name of the book publisher, followed by commas and spaces. Then enter the year the book was published.

2. Put a period at the end of the citation.

3. How to Cite A Book in Chicago Style

What is Chicago style format?

Chicago style source citations come in two varieties: the first one is notes and bibliography, the second one is author-date. This citation form is often used in humanities, such as literature, history, and arts.

Chicago Format

How to Cite A Book in Chicago style

Chicago Citation for Book

Step 1. Start from the name of the author or authors.

Chicago Format Author

Tips:

1. Type the author's last name first, followed by a comma and space. Then type the author's first name.

2. For multiple authors, separate authors' names with commas, using the word "and" before the last author's name.

3. Don't forget to put a period in the end.

Step 2. Add the title of the book.

Chicago Format Title

Tips:

1. Provide the title of the book in italics, capitalizing the first word.

2. If the book has a subtitle, place a colon and space at the end of the title and then type the subtitle.

3. Remember to end with a period.

Step 3. Type the publication information.

Chicago Format Publication Information

Tips:

1. Type the place of publication, followed by a colon and space. Then type the name of the publisher, followed by a comma and space.

2. Finally, enter the year the book was published. Put a period in the end.

FAQ

1. How to cite a PDF?

Citing PDF may be a difficult part of writing a paper. For more information about citing a PDF, you can read "How to Cite A PDF with Simple Steps".

2. When should I include page numbers in Chicago style citations?

When you're quoting from the text or paraphrasing a particular passage, you need to add the page number.

Conclusions

The above are the three most popular citation styles and specific citation examples on how to cite a book. You can follow these steps to cite your book according to the type of your book. If you want to know more citation styles, please feel free to contact us.

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