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This page describes how to cite a book or book chapter in the CSE style. A book citation consists of author(s) and/or editor(s) names, book title, edition, place of publication, publisher, and date. A book chapter citation begins with the author(s) followed by the chapter title and the citation information for the book as a whole. Note that none of these elements are bolded or italicized, and punctuation matters. Only the first word and any proper nouns are capitalized in the book title. 

For books with no primary author, begin your citation with the editors' names, followed by the word "editors."

If no year of publication is listed, use the copyright date preceded by the letter c (eg: c2002).

The order of elements in your citation will vary according to the in-text citation style you are using. Examples are listed on this page for both scenarios. For more information about in-text citations, refer the the CSE Style Guide homepage.

Book with One Author

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Author. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; date.

Kemp TS. The origin of higher taxa: paleoobiological, developmental, and ecological perspectitves. 1st ed. Chicago (IL): The University of Chicago Press; 2016.

 

Name-Year:

Author. Date. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher.

Kemp TS. The origin of higher taxa: paleoobiological, developmental, and ecological perspectitves. 2016. 1st ed. Chicago (IL): The University of Chicago Press.

Book with Multiple Authors

If a book contains between two and ten authors, list all of them in your end reference. If a book contains more than ten authors, list the first ten followed by "et al." 

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Authors. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; date.

Schott J, Priest J. Leading antenatal classes: a practical guide. 2nd ed. Boston (MA): Books for Midwives; 2002.

 

Name-Year:

Authors. Date. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher.

Schott J, Priest J. 2002. Leading antenatal classes: a practical guide. 2nd ed. Boston (MA): Books for Midwives.

Book Chapter or Encyclopedia Article

Begin your citation with the author(s) of the chapter or article, followed be the title. Then, add the word "In:" and cite the book as a whole as you would normally. Use this format for both book chapters and encyclopedia articles.

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Author. Title of chapter. In: Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; date. Page range.

Anderson RJ, Schrier RW. Acute renal failure. In: Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, Petersdorf RG, editors. Harrison's principles of internal medicine. 15th ed. New York (NY): McGraw-Hill; c2001. p. 1149-1155.

 

Name-Year:

Author. Title of chapter. In: Author. Date. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. Page range.

Anderson RJ, Schrier RW. Acute renal failure. In: Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, Petersdorf RG, editors. c2001. Harrison's principles of internal medicine. 15th ed. New York (NY): McGraw-Hill. p. 1149-1155.

Electronic Book

Electronic books are cited in a similar format as print books. These citations require additional information about when the book was last updated, when it was accessed, and the URL.

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Author(s). Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; date of publication [date updated; date accessed]. URL.

Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Suzuki DT, Lewontin RC, Gelbart WM. Introduction to genetic analysis. 7th ed. New York (NY): W. H. Freeman & Co.; c2000 [accessed 2005 May 31]. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=iga.

 

Name-Year:

Author(s). Date. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; [date updated; date accessed]. URL.

Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Suzuki DT, Lewontin RC, Gelbart WM. c2000. Introduction to genetic analysis. 7th ed. New York (NY): W. H. Freeman & Co.; [accessed 2005 May 31]. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=iga.