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CSE Style Guide, for 7th Edition

Books / E-books


Bibliographic citations for books typically require some or all of the following elements.

  1. Author (last name first/middle initials). Separate additional authors with a comma
  2. Book chapter referenced (if exists, and followed by In:)
  3. Book Title (capitalizing only the first word of the title and subtitle, as well as any proper nouns) followed [Internet] (if e-book).
  4. Edition of the book.
  5. Place of publication (followed by a colon)
  6. Publisher (followed by semi-colon)
  7. Publication year (preceded with 'c' if e-book).
  8. number of pages (followed by p.) (only if physical book)
  9. [cited (year abbreviated month day)] (if e-book)
  10. Available from: URL (if e-book).
  11. DOI number.

Basic Layout

Author Lastname, Initials. Chapter of book. In: Title of Book [Internet]. nth ed. Place of Publication: Publisher; cYear. Page numbers. [cited date]. Available from: URL. DOI.


One Author

Shields, D. The thing about life is that one day you’ll be dead. New York: Alfred A. Knopf; 2008. 225 p.

Samples J. The origins of modern campaign finance law. In: The fallacy of campaign finance reform. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 2006. 375 p.

Two to Four Authors

Levitt SD, Dubner SJ. Freakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything. New York: William Morrow; 2005. 320 p.


Harper-Dorton KV, Herbert M. Working with children, adolescents, and their families. 3rd ed. Chicago: Lyceum Books; 2002. 338 p.



Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Suzuki DT, Lewontin RC, Gelbart WM. Introduction to genetic analysis [Internet]. 7th ed. New York (NY): W. H. Freeman & Co.; c2000 [cited 2005 May 31]. Available from: