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Nursing Research Guide

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Books With One or More Authors

Books With One Author

Author. (Year). Book title. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Daniel, M. L. (2009). Scandal and civility: Journalism and the birth of American democracy. New York: Oxford.


Books with Two through Seven Authors

Authors. (Year). Book title. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Beck, C. A. J., & Sales, B. D. (2001). Family mediation: Facts, myths, and future prospects. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Books with Eight or More Authors

1st 6 Authors,... Last Author. (Year). Book title. Place of Publication: Publisher.

See the journal articles box for an example of a citation with 8 or more authors.

Books with Editors

Editor(s) (Eds.). (Year). Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Billings, D. M., & Halstead, J. A. (Eds.). (2009). Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Electronic Books

Electronic Only Book

Author. (Year). Book title. Retrieved from URL

Kaite, B. (1995). Pornography and difference. Retrieved from


Electronic version of a Print Book

With a DOI: Author. (Year). Book title [Version]. doi:

Schiraldi, G. R. (2001). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide to healing, recovery, and growth [Adobe Digital Editions version]. doi:10.1036/0071393722


Without a DOI: Author. (Year). Book title [Version]. Retrieved from URL

Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency [DX Reader version]. Retrieved from

Chapters, Essays and Articles in Books

Author. (Year). Title of chapter or article in the book. In Book Editor(s) (Eds.), Title of book (pp. pages). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Note the editor(s) names are initials then last name, not the usual last name, comma, initials.

Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechansim in human memory. In H. L. Roediger & R. I. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness (pp. 309-330). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Multi-Volume Works

Editor(s) (Eds.). (Years). Title of work (Volumes-all). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Schlager, N. (Ed.). (2000-2004). How products are made: An illustrated guide to product manufacturing (Vols. 1-4). Detroit, MI: Gale Research.

Edition Other than the First

Author. (Year). Book title (edition). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Harris, L. A. (2001). Canadian copyright law (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON: McGraw Hill Ryerson.


Author. (Year). Book title (Translators' names, Trans.). Place of Publication: Publisher. (Original publication date).

Note the translator(s) names are initials then last name, not the usual last name, comma, initials.

Laplace, P.-S. (1951). A philosophical essay on probabilities (F. W. Truscott & F. L Emory, Trans.). New York: Dover. (Original work published 1814).

Citing Items Without an Author

If an article, book or other resource does not have an identifiable author, move the title to the first element and keep everything else in the same place.

APA Book:

Title. Date. Place of Publication: Publisher.

MLA Book:

Title. Place of Publication: Publisher. Date. Format.

Chicago Author-Date Book:

Title. Year. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Citing Items Without a Date

If a publication does not have a date, use the abbreviation n.d. for no date.

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