Books

Below is the most basic format for a book. List the author’s name as written on the title page. If multiple authors or editors are listed, separate with commas and place an “and” before the final author or editor (Last, First, and First Last). Only the first name is reversed, the rest are written normally.

Author Last, First. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

Editor Last, First, ed. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

If any publication or pagination information is missing, but can be found outside the book, brackets should be put around the information to indicate it was not from the book. If it cannot be found anywhere, use the following abbreviations:

n.p. — No publisher given
n.d. — No date given
n. pag. — No pagination given

  • Book by a Single Author

Haskins, Ekaterina V. Logos and Power in Isocrates and Aristotle. University of South Carolina, 2004. Print.

  • Two Authors

Musa, Alexander, and Fernando Bueno. Mass Effect 3: Official Game Guide. Prima Games, 2012. Print.

  • Three or More Authors
    List the first followed by et al.

Reese, Jane B., et al. Campbell Biology. 9th ed. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2008. Print.

  • Two or More Books by the Same Author
    If you have two or more books by the same author, list the first one like normal. The second one will have three hyphens and a period in place of the author.

Booth, Wayne C. “From Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent.” The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present.. Edited by Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg, 2nd ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000.

---. The Rhetoric of Fiction. 2nd ed., U of Chicago P, 1983.

  • A Book by a Corporate Author
    Do not abbreviate the author name.

American Medical Association. Complete Medical Encyclopedia. Random, 2003. Print.

  • A Book by a Corporate Author
    Do not abbreviate the author name.

American Medical Association. Complete Medical Encyclopedia. Random, 2003. Print.

  • An Anthology or Compilation

Gunn, James, and Matthew Candelaria, eds. Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction. The Scarecrow, 2005.

  • A Work in an Anthology

Author of Work. “Title of Work.” Title of Anthology, edited by Editor of Book. Publisher, Year, pp. ##-##.

Gunn, James. "Toward a Definition of Science Fiction." Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction., edited by Gunn and Matthew Candelaria, The Scarecrow, 2005. pp. 5-12.

  • Second or Subsequent Edition, Revised Edition, or Abridged Edition

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.. Edited by F.W. Robinson, 2nd ed., Houghton, 1957.

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