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eBooks at Valencia College Library: Citing Sources

How to Cite an eBook

eBooks need some extra information in their citations, just as electronic articles do.

EasyBib will generate citations for you, but you must still be careful to make sure the citations are formatted correctly. 

See Valencia Library's MLA and APA Style Guides online for assistance.

MLA Style Resources and Samples

MLA = Modern Language Association

The MLA understands that the world of citing electronic information is fluid (phone call, April 21, 2011).

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]
  • Brill, P. (2004). The winner’s way [Adobe Digital Editions version]. doi:10.1036/007142363X

These examples come from APA Style Blog (September 15, 2009), and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010

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