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Citations and Plagiarism

Guide listing electronic tools for creating citations. Guide for avoiding plagiarism.

Citing Book Introduction

Here are some very basic examples of citing books in the three different styles.  This is by all means NOT comprehensive.  Please refer to the individual manuals for further assistance.


Examples used from PURDUE OWL

Where to find information for citing a book


Library Catalog Cite Button

Our library catalog has a CITE THIS button. 

Click the CITE THIS button to get examples of how to cite the book.  Sometimes this doesn't work, so follow the examples in the other column.  Remember this is just software pulling data points.  You must check to see if it is correct.



Lemon, Rebecca, Emma Mason, Johnathan Roberts, and Christopher Rowland, ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. PDF e-book.

Thrall, Grant Ian. Land Use and Urban Form. New York: Methuen, 1987.


Johnson, Thomas B., and Julia C. Marie. Swine Flu : Signs/Symptoms, Preventive Methods And Treatment Options. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2013. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 9 Feb. 2016.


De Huff, E. W. (n.d.). Taytay’s tales: Traditional Pueblo Indian tales. Retrieved from

Davis, J. (n.d.). Familiar birdsongs of the Northwest. Available from inkey=1-9780931686108-0

Stoker, B. (1897). Dracula [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from


Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.


Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf, 2007.


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


Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print.

Wysocki, Anne Frances, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cynthia L. Selfe, and Geoffrey Sirc. Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition. Logan: Utah State UP, 2004. Print.

Example of MLA citation highlighting the information neededfrom Washington State University


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.


Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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