How to Cite Stories From Textbooks

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Whether writing an extensive report or a short book report, creating a works cited page can seem like an overwhelming task when the information stems from various references. There are certain rules to follow, whether you are citing from an online source, a physical book, a newspaper or a story within a textbook. When citing stories from textbooks, as long as you understand each element in the citation, you can easily cite any story from a textbook.

  • List the author's name. Enter the last name, followed by a comma and a space, then the first name followed by a period. For instance, if the author's name is John Doe, the entry would be: Doe, John.

  • Enter the title of the story cited in quotation marks. For instance, the name of the story you are citing would look like "Tales of a City." This is entered after the author's name: Doe, John. "Tales of a City."

  • Name the title of the textbook in italics and end the name of the textbook with a period: Doe, John. "Tales of a City." My Geography Textbook.

  • Enter the editor's name by typing "Ed." It would be followed by one space and the editor's first and last name, with the first name listed first. If the editor's name is Jennifer Washington, the updated citation would be: Doe, John. "Tales of a City." My Geography Textbook. Ed. Jennifer Washington.

  • List the name of the publisher, the location of the publishing company and the year the textbook was published. The location should have a space following the previous period after the editor's name, followed by a colon and the publishing company's name. After the publishing company's name, use a comma and a space and type in the year that it was published. For instance, if ABC Publishing Company published the textbook in 1995 in New York, the updated citation would be: Doe, John. "Tales of a City." My Geography Textbook. Ed. Jennifer Washington. New York: ABC Publishing Company, 1995.

  • Locate the page range the story falls between and enter it after the publishing information followed by a period. If the page range is between 340 and 348, the updated citation would be: Doe, John. "Tales of a City." My Geography Textbook. Ed. Jennifer Washington. New York: ABC Publishing Company, 1995. 340-48.

  • Note the medium of the publication as the last portion of the citation. If this is a print textbook, enter "Print", if the textbook is electronic, enter "Electronic". If the story comes from a printed textbook, the finished citation --- keeping in mind the textbook name is in italics --- is: Doe, John. "Tales of a City." My Geography Textbook. Ed. Jennifer Washington. New York: ABC Publishing Company, 1995. 340-48. Print.

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