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How do I cite books?


Using Academic Writer 

There are several reference types in Academic Writer for books.

Select one of the reference types and fill out the form.


Books, Reference Works, and Book Chapters 

  • Authored book
  • Edited book
  • Chapter in an edited book



Sample References


Authored book without DOI (print version or full text accessed via a research database)


Dery, M. (2018). Born to be posthumous: The eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gory. Little, Brown and Company.


Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency. Taylor & Francis.


Stamper, K. (2018). Word by word. Vintage.



Note that in the 7th edition, you no longer have to include a link or indicate that you are using an ebook. Instead, cite the book as you would the print version. Also, you no longer have to list the city the book was published in. These changes should make citing books you find in the OCLS databases easier than ever.  



Ebooks (including Kindle books without page numbers)


Fletcher, S. N. E. (2015). Cultural sensibility in healthcare. Sigma Theta Tau.


Johnson, M. (2011). The diversity code: Unlock the secrets to making differences work in the real world. AMACON.


  • Include a DOI if available. 
  • Do not include Kindle location numbers with in-text citations.
  • When you quote from an ebook format that does not have page numbers, use one of the following options to help your reader find the quotation or paraphrase quickly and easily. 
    • Give a heading or section name. You can abbreviate heading or section names if the name is lengthy.
    • Provide a paragraph number. Count the paragraphs manually if the ebook does not number paragraphs.
    • Combine a heading or section name with a paragraph number.


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