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Citing a Book

Citing a Book

Author: Emily Porter
  • Correctly cite sources
  • Find citation information
  • Properly format a book citation
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How to Cite a Book

This video will show you how to cite a book, what information you need, and where to find it. If you need more info, check out the Purdue OWL page linked below.

Book Citation Format

Basic Format

The author’s name or a book with a single author's name appears in last name, first name format. The basic form for a book citation is:


  • Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.


For books with multiple authors, check the Purdue OWL webpage.