How to Reference Books in a Paper?

Whether you’re writing a paper for school or submitting a manuscript to a journal, you’ll likely need to reference books. While the process may seem daunting at first, with a little practice, it will become second nature. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to properly reference books in both MLA and APA format.

MLA Format

MLA style is most commonly used in humanities papers. When referencing books in MLA style, you must include the author’s last name, the book’s title, the publisher, the publication date, and the page number(s) on which the information you’re referencing appears. Here’s an example:

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Oxford University Press, 1892. 33-34. Print.

APA Format

APA style is most commonly used in social sciences papers. When referencing books in APA style, you must include the author’s last name, the book’s title, the book’s edition (if applicable), the publisher, the publication date, and the page number(s) on which the information you’re referencing appears. Here’s an example:

Doyle, A.C. (1892). The adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. 33-34.

As you can see, referencing books in a paper is not as difficult as it may seem at first glance. By following the proper formatting guidelines for MLA or APA style—depending on which style guide your instructor requires—you can easily cite books in your paper. Before you know it, citing books will be second nature!