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Books Citation Elements

Bibliographic Entry

AGLC3 citing a book

Books Citations

General rule: Ann Author-Writer(s), Title of Book (Publisher, date), pinpoint.

Rule 5 - Books

This guide outlines the basics of citing articles.  AGLC3 is medium neutral which means there is no need to indicate the source, print or online, in the citation or reference.  For more information about citing books consult  AGLC3 rule 5.

General notes:

  • authors' names in footnotes should appear exactly as they do in the source, rule 1.14.2;
  • in a bibliography the first authors name should be inverted with the family name first, rule 1.16;
  • full stops should only be used at the end of a footnote, rule 1.6.1;
  • no full stops used after initials or in abbreviations, rule 1.14.1; and
  • citations are media neutral. There is no difference between a citation for a book or an ebook.

In text quotations are covered in rule 1.5.1:

  • short quotations (three lines or less) are incorporated within single quotation marks; and
  • long quotations (more than three full lines) should be indented from left margin, in a smaller font size, and without quotation marks.


  • Ibid is used for second citation immediately following the first;
  • a book can be linked to a previous reference by using "above" with the appropriate footnote reference, rule 1.4.2;
  • pinpoint references to pages must be included in the footnote but not a bibliography, rule 1.1.5-1.1.6; and
  • footnotes can include 'tangential or extraneous information that is not appropriate to include in the text., rule 1.1.1.