How to Cite a Book in Endnote


Endnotes are used in Chicago style documentation in order to cite quoted and paraphrased material without disrupting the flow of the paper. Endnotes can also be used to add explanations or additional references for the benefit of the reader. The endnotes are found at the end of the paper and are linked to the text through superscript numbers. All of the bibliographic information needed to cite a book can be found on the book's copyright page.

  • Insert a superscript number at the end of the word, phrase or sentence for which you wish to provide a citation. The first time you cite in your paper use the numeral "1" and cite subsequent entries in ascending order. Be sure that the superscript number comes after any punctuation. If you are citing material without putting it into your own words, be sure to put it in quotation marks

  • List the same superscript number you used within the text of your paper on a separate page titled "Notes." The citation corresponds to this number to allow the reader to refer back and forth between the text of the paper and the endnotes.

  • Write the author's given name(s) followed by his last name. Follow the last name with a comma. Leave one space.

  • Write the title of the book in italics. Be sure to preserve original capitalization and include the subtitle, if there is one. Do not continue italicizing anything after you have written the title. Follow the title with a period. Leave one space (See Reference 1).

  • Place an open bracket followed by a space and write the name of the city where the book was published. Follow the city name with a colon and a space. Write the name of the publishing company that published the book followed by a comma and a space. Place a closing bracket and a comma following the publication information. Leave a space.

  • Write the page number(s) you refer to for this particular citation.

  • End your citation with a period.

Tips & Warnings

  • For subsequent citations of the same source, you do not need to include the place of publication, publishing company or date of publication. The author's name, title and page number are sufficient.
  • For consecutive citations from the same source, you may replace the author's name and title with "Ibid.," followed by the page number(s) for that particular citation.
  • For more complicated entries such as books with unknown authors, multiple authors, books with an author and an editor, and books with multiple editions, consult a citation manual.
  • Using the words of ideas of another without giving credit is plagiarism and can result in professional or academic penalties. Be sure to put the words of others in quotation marks and cite any material that is borrowed from a source.


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