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Begin Research: What Is the Basic Bibliographic Information Required for a Book Citation?

What Is the Basic Bibliographic Information
Required for a Book Citation?

Author
  • Instead of an author, a book can have an editor, compiler, or translator.
  • There are rules for citing books that have a corporate author or no author at all.
Title of Book
  • Be sure to include subtitles of books as they appear on the title page.
Publisher
  • Most publication information should be found on the title page.
Place of Publication
  • Make sure to retrieve publication information from the book itself and not from the
    library catalog or online database.
  • The place of publication is no longer needed for MLA citations.
Date of Publication
  • If the date of publication is not on the title page, look through the first few pages of
    the book until you find it.
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