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Sciences Citation Styles: Citing Books

This guide is a resource for students using Sciences Citation Styles. It shows examples of how to cite a few types of resources, using the Council of Science Editors recommended style.

Basic Book Styles

Here are examples of the two basic formats for citing sources in the life sciences. Include as much information as you are able to locate from the resource. In the bibliography, the first author's last name is listed first.  Resources are listed alphabetically by first author's last name  For anonymous works, the citation is inserted at the beginning of the list, replacing the Author's name with:   [Anonymous].  Dates can either directly follow the Author(s) or appear later in the cite as noted below:

Format:

Author(s). Title. Place of publication: Publisher; year.

Examples:

Single author:

Doe, J. Writing styles.  New York:  
          Doe Publishers; 2001. 

Two to ten authors:

Doe, J; Richards, RS; Smith, TJ.  Writing techniques. 
         New York:  Doe Publishers; 2002.

More than ten authors:

Doe, J; Richards, RS; Jones, JA; Jones, JD; Johnson, RD;
          Smith, TJ; Thomas, NP; Lee, KN; Anderson, OS; Wilson,
          DM; et. al. The style and technique of writing.  New
          York: Doe Publishers; 2002.

No author listed:

Electronic reference formats in the community. 
          New York:  Doe Publishers; 2002.

Book Chapters

Book chapters (contribution to a book):

Format:

Author(s). Chapter Title. In: Book authors/editors. 
         Book title. Place of publication: Publisher; 
         Date of publication. Page numbers.

Example:

Smith, TR. How to write. In: Jones, RD.;
          Richards, RS. editors. Writing with style and technique. 
          New York: Doe Publishers; 2002. p 12-36.