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A written work or composition that has been published – typically printed on pages bound together
Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. City, State: Publisher.
Use the author, title, and publication information from the Title page, which comes on the subsequent pages after the cover
James, H. (2009). The ambassadors. Rockville, MD: Serenity.
Citing a published book found on a website
Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. Retrieved from URL
*URL Note: If not yet indexed or difficult to find from the homepage, then include the full URL. Otherwise, use the homepage URL.
Only include if the source is one that might change
Note: When citing sources reproduced online from their print versions, it is not necessary to include online information such as the website publisher or the date of electronic publication.
James, H. (2009). The ambassadors. Retrieved from http://books.google.com
Citing a published book found on a database
Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. City, State: Publisher. Retrived from URL
*URL Note: Add homepage URL of publisher. If none, use the homepage database URL. If published only online, use unique URL.
Note: Many eBooks are reproduced from a print version. You can normally determine this if the eBook has print publication information.
Morem, S. (2005). 101 tips for graduates. New York, NY: Ferguson. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com
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