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E-Books @ USC Columbia: Citing E-Books

Citing E-Books in APA

E-Books

The reference list entry for an e-book includes the author, date, title, and source (URL or DOI). For a chapter in an e-book, include the chapter title and page numbers (if available).

Whole e-book:

Author, A. (date). Title of book. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

Princiotta, F., ed. Global climate change: the technology challenge. Retreived from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/southcarolina/docDetail.action?docID=10470817

If a DOI is available for the e-book, include that instead of the url. 

Author, A. (date). Title of book. doi:xxxxxxxxxxxx

 Chapter in an e-book:

Author, A. (date). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

Katzer, James R. Coal and biomas in liquid fuels. In F. Princiotta (Ed.), Global climate change: The technology challenge (pp. 89-189). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/southcarolina/docDetail.action?docID=10470817. 

Author, A. (date). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). doi:xxxxxxxxxx

The in-text citation includes the author and date, as with any other APA Style citation.

 

Citing E-Books in MLA

In general, the citation for an e-book will look similar to the MLA citation for a print book, there is just the added step of including the information of how you accessed the title electronically.

Example:

If you were using this book in print, the citation would look like this:

Princiotta, Frank T., ed. Global Climate Change: The Technology Challenge. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011. Print.

The e-book citation however, looks like this:

Princiotta, Frank T., ed. Global Climate Change: The Technology Challenge. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011. ebrary. Web. 6 January 2014.

You are basically including information to show where and when you accessed the material. 

Citing a chapter from an edited e-book

Much like the example above, citing a chapter in an edited e-book is much like citing the print edition, but adding the electronic access information.

Example:

Print version-

Katzer, James R. "Coal and Biomass to Liquid Fuels." Global Climate Change: The Technology Challenge. Ed. Frank T. Princiotta. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011. 89-128. Print.

E-Book version-

Katzer, James R. "Coal and Biomass to Liquid Fuels." Global Climate Change: The Technology Challenge. Ed. Frank T. Princiotta. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011. 89-128. ebrary. Web. 6 January 2014.