How to Cite a Book in a Sentence

How to cite a book in a sentence using MLA format.

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MLA

To cite a book in a sentence using MLA style, you’ll need to include the author’s last name, the book’s title, and the page number the quote appears on. For example:

“As stated by John Smith in his book, The History of Coffee, ‘coffee is believed to have originated in Ethiopia'” (Smith 24).

APA

To cite a book in a sentence using APA style, you’ll need to include the author’s last name, the year the book was published, and the page number the quote appears on. For example:

According to Smith (2020), “APA style is a set of guidelines for writing in psychology and other social sciences” (p. 3).

Chicago

To cite a book in a sentence using the Chicago style, you’ll need the author’s last name, the title of the book, the publication year, and the page number you’re referencing. For example, you might write “As Smith argues in The Myth of Progress, ‘the cycle of history is repeating itself'” (Smith 4).

Harvard

To cite a book in a sentence using Harvard style, you’ll need the author’s last name, the name of the book, and the publication year. For example: ” According to Smith (2018), The Cat in the Hat is a classic children’s book.”

AMA

To cite a book in a sentence, you’ll want to use the Author’s Last Name and the page number from which you’re quoting. For example, if you were quoting from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye on page 17, you would write, “As Holden Caulfield says, ‘I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life'” (Salinger 17).

Vancouver

To cite a book in a sentence using Vancouver style, you will need the book’s author, year of publication, and page number. For example: ” According to Smith (2019), coffee is the best drink in the world (p. 45).”

IEEE

To cite a book in a sentence using IEEE style, you should include the author’s last name, the year the book was published, and the page number you are referencing. For example: “Smith (2018) argues that…” (p. 12).

Bluebook

To cite a book in a sentence using the Bluebook style, you’ll need the author’s last name, the book’s title, the year it was published, and the page number. For example: “As Smith notes in The History of Canada, ‘the country has a rich and varied past’ (2017, p. 23).”

Turabian

In Turabian style, a sentence that quotes fewer than 40 words from a book should be integrated into the text of your paper and enclosed in double quotation marks. For example, you might write:

In his book The Republic, Plato argues that justice consists of doing one’s own job (54).

A sentence that quotes more than 40 words should be set off as a block quotation, which is not enclosed in quotation marks. Start the block quotation on a new line and indent the entire block half an inch from the left margin. (For quotations of more than one paragraph, continue indenting the first line of each additional paragraph an additional half inch.) When you end the block quotation, add a period after the last sentence and then resume your paper on a new line.

CSE

There are two ways to cite a book in a sentence using the CSE citation method. The first way is to use the author’s last name and the date of publication, followed by the page number that you are referencing. For example: “Smith (2018) argues that coffee is the best morning drink on page 24.” If you are quoting directly from the book, you would also include the page number that you are quoting from after the date.

The other way to cite a book in a sentence using CSE is to use a signal phrase. A signal phrase is a phrase that indicates that you are about to quote or paraphrase someone else’s work. For example, “According to Smith (2018), coffee is the best morning drink.” Again, if you are quoting directly from the book, you would include the page number after the date.

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