Citation Styles: A Brief Guide to APA, MLA and Turabian

Citing Books

The basic format for a book citation requires listing the author's name, the title of the book, the publisher's name, and the date of publication. Edited books, when cited in full, will list the editor's name instead of an author’s name.

 

BOOK – ONE AUTHOR
The example used is a book written by the author Fifi LaRue, entitled My Fabulous Life: Parisian Flings and Other Things, and published by the publisher LaPlume in 2007. Note that APA capitalizes only the first word of the title and the first word of the subtitle, while MLA and Turabian capitalize all significant title words.
APA

LaRue, F. (2007). My fabulous life: Parisian flings and other things. LaPlume.

MLA

LaRue, Fifi. My Fabulous Life: Parisian Flings and Other Things. LaPlume, 2007.

TUR.

LaRue, Fifi. My Fabulous Life: Parisian Flings and Other Things. Paris: LaPlume, 2007.

 

BOOK – TWO AUTHORS
The example used is a book written by the authors Terrie A. Dactyl and Braun T. Saurus, entitled The Jury’s Still Out on Jurassic Park, and published by Altamira Press in 2011. While APA only capitalizes the first word of the title, proper nouns within a title should also be capitalized.

APA

Dactyl, T.A. & Saurus, B.T. (2011). The jury’s still out on Jurassic Park. Altamira Press.

MLA

Dactyl, Terrie A. and Braun T. Saurus. The Jury’s Still Out on Jurassic Park. Altamira Press, 2011.

TUR.

Dactyl, Terrie A. and Braun T. Saurus. The Jury’s Still Out on Jurassic Park. Raptor, PA: Altamira Press, 2011.


BOOK WITH AN EDITOR
The example used is a book edited by Teresa Mae Anklet, entitled Big Bruisers, and published by Strange Brew Press, 2001. Edited books normally are collections of essays or chapters written by a variety of authors. The editor is responsible for collecting and arranging the contents of the book and might also contribute to the book’s content.

APA

Anklet, T. M. (Ed.). (2001). Big bruisers. Strange Brew Press.

MLA

Anklet, Teresa Mae, editor. Big Bruisers. Strange Brew Press, 2001.

TUR.

Anklet, Teresa Mae, ed. Big Bruisers. Montreal: Strange Brew Press, 2001.


BOOK REVIEW
The example used is a review written by Francois Snodgrass in the journal Parisian Personnae. The book being reviewed is by Fifi LaRue and is entitled My Fabulous Life: Parisian Flings and Other Things. Snodgrass’s review was published in 2007, in volume 37, issue number 2, of the journal, on page 132. Turabian recommends citing reviews only in the notes unless the review is key to an argument set forth in a paper or frequently cited elsewhere. The Turabian example listed below is for the bibliography.

APA

Snodgrass, F. (2007). [Review of the book My fabulous life: Parisian flings and other things, by F. LaRue]. Parisian Personnae, 37(2), 132.

MLA

Snodgrass, Francois. Review of My Fabulous Life: Parisian Flings and Other Things, by Fifi LaRue. Parisian Personnae, vol. 37, no. 2, p. 132.

TUR.

Snodgrass, Francois. Review of My Fabulous Life: Parisian Flings and Other Things by Fifi LaRue. Parisian Personnae 37, no. 2 (2007):132.

 

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