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CSE Citation Guide: Books


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General Information

Citations for books include the author's name, title of the book, and publication information (city, state, name of publisher and date of publication). 

When citing an entire book, include the total pages at the end followed by the letter 'p'  For selected pages, use 'p' followed by the page numbers used.

Chapters, sections, tables, charts, or graphs written by the author or authors of the book are considered parts of the book: when written by someone other than the author or authors of the book, they are considered contributions to a book. 

Include the edition number after the title, if citing an edition other than the first.

Print Books


Author(s) last name first intial. Year of publication. Title. Edition. City of publication: Publisher name. Optional:# of pages.


Entire book, two authors

Campbell NA, Reece JB. 2008. Biology. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River (NJ): Benjamin Cummings. 1393 p.

Selected pages 

Schilthuizen M. 2001. Frogs, flies and dandelions: speciation - the evolution of new species. Oxford (England): Oxford University Press. p. 210-230.

Part of a book

Shakelford RT. 1978. Surgery of the alimentary tract. In: Esophasgoscopy. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. p. 29-40.

Contribution to a book

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

Book with an editor

Reaka-Kudla ML, Wilson DE, Wilson EO, editors. 1997. Biodiversity II: understanding and protecting our biological resources. Washington (DC): Joseph Henry Press. 551 p.