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Citing Books


  • There is a period after every book title.
  • Capitalize all major words of the book’s title, except for articles, coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions unless such a word is the first word of the title or subtitle.
  • Italicize titles of books.


One Author

Blake, Jeffrey. {Author’s name} The African American Church Community in Rochester, New York,
. {Title of the book italicized} Oshkosh, NY: {City of publication and state abbreviation
     if city not well known}
U. of Rochester, {Publisher} 2008. {Year} Print. {Publication medium}


No Author

Natural Resources of the North Country. Potsdam: SUNY, 2003. Print.


Two or Three Authors

Miller, Reginald, and Susan Ross. {Second author’s name not reversed} The Right to Write: Teaching
     Composition in Two-Year Colleges
. Los Angeles: Newton, 2009. Print.


Four or More Authors

Kowalski, Joanna, et al. Twentieth Century Polish Literature. New York: Routledge, 2007. Print.


Author and Editor

Means, Robert. The Art of the Sioux. Ed. Patrick Dickins. New York: Penguin, 2008. Print.


Edited Book

Eddy, Olivia, ed. Horror Stories and other Works. New York: Penguin, 2008. Print.


Edition Other than First

Perkins, Rosemary. Muted Echoes: The Plight of Communications in a Postmodern Age. 2nd ed. Boston:
     Harcourt, 2009. Print.


Article, Chapter, Essay, Story, or Poem in Anthology or Collected Work

Johnson, Elizabeth. {Author} “Emma Flower Taylor: North Country Philanthropist.” {Title of the article
     or chapter in quotes}
Discovering Fact and Fiction in North Country Legends. {Title of the anthology
Ed. Carol Jawitz. {Editor’s name} Oxford:{City of publication} Oxford UP, {Publisher}
     2007. {Year} 215–295. {Inclusive page numbers of article cited} Print. {Publication medium}


Unsigned Article in General Reference Book

“Snorkeling.” {Title of article in quotes} The New Encyclopedia Britannica. {Name of reference book
2008 ed. {Edition} Print. {Publication medium}


Signed Article in Specialty Reference Book

Valentine, Marie. “Nursing Minds and Bodies: Caring for Quadriplegic Adults.” Encyclopedia of
Eds. Deborah Brown and Jeff Green. 6 vols. Chicago: Free, 2007. Print.


Government Publication

United States. {Name of the government, federal, state, or local} Dept. of Defense. {Name of the
Guide to Cleaning Your M16. {Title of the publication italicized} Washington: {City of
GPO, {Publisher} 2009. {Year} Print. {Publication medium}