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e-books: How to Cite E-books

How to locate and use e-books from the TC Library and other sources

How to Cite an e-book

  • E-books need some extra information in their citations, just as e-articles do.

MLA Style Resources and Samples

MLA = Modern Language Association

Usually, you can use the style for citing a print book and then just add the additional information to indicate its electronic origin and when you accessed it, as shown below.

The point to remember is to include enough information for others to be able to find your source.

Book available only on the web or downloaded to an e-device

  • Author or Editor’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Book [put in quotes if part of a book]. Title of the Website. Editor of website [if given]. Publisher or sponsor of site [or N.p. if not available], Date of electronic publication [or N.d. if not available]. Medium [e.g., Web]. Day Month year of access.
  • Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Project Gutenberg. N.p. (because I don't know the publisher) N.d. (because I don't know the date of electronic publication) EPUB. (or Nook Color, or Digital File, if you don't know the format) Downloaded March 25, 2011.

    Book that has been scanned and put on the web (e.g., from Google Books or from The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online)

    • Powers, Robert. War Stories: A Sailor Remembers the Vietnam War. Historical Text Archive. Ed. Donald J. Mabry. N.p., 2006. Web. 25 Mar. 2011.
    • Child, L. Maria, ed. The Freedmen's Book. Boston, 1866. Google Book Search. Web. 15 May 2008. 

      [this example is in MLA Handbook of Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., section 5.6.2, "A work cited on the web with print publication data"]

    See also the online example from the source below:

      APA Style

      APA = American Psychological Association

      Note that APA style requires you to add the type of e-device, where you retrieved the e-book, and the URL or doi.

      • Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The story of success [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from
      • Shotton, M.A. (1989) Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency [DX Reader version]. Retrieved from]

      Search the APA Style Blog,  for more information about citing electronic things.

        Chicago Style Resources and Samples