Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

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Instructor: Doresa Jennings

Doresa holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

Depending on the type of book we're using, there are a few rules we have to follow when citing it in our reference page. In this video, we're going to cover authored books, edited books, and revised books. However, there are many different types of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago, and some differ in their exact formatting rules. These citations are in APA style - make sure you check to find out what style you should be using before you complete your reference page.

Citations for Authored, Edited, and Revised Books

While it's true that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, that cover holds some great information when it comes to citing books in our reference page. So let's examine the average book cover and see what clues we can find that will help us figure out how we will be referencing it in our piece.

The cover tells us if a book is authored (meaning the content was written by an individual or a group of individuals) or if it is edited (meaning the information was compiled by an individual or individuals but not written by them). The cover can also tell us if the book is a revision, meaning the content is largely the same but the book has gone through some changes since it was first published.

Now let's follow our friend as she gathers resources she would like to use in an essay about China. We will see how each of these books will appear as references in her paper.

Authored Books

An authored book is a book written by one or more individuals. Instead of it having a conglomeration of many different articles, this one author (or set of authors) will be guiding you through the entire subject. An authored book is recorded in our reference page quite similarly to the way we record articles, journals, and other types of reference material.

The first book she has pulled is an authored book with one author. If she uses information found in this book, this is how it will look in her reference page:

Pancella, P. (2003). Qin Shi Huangdi: First Emperor of China. Chicago, IL: Heinemann Library.

The first thing we see is the name of the author. We use the last name, then first and middle initial (if available). This author provided no middle initial. The second entry is the year the book was published. Next we see the title of the book, as well as its subtitle. We then see the place where the book was published, followed by the name of the publisher. These are the steps for referencing an authored book.

Let's see what other books our friend may find that would make great additions to her essay.

Edited Books

An edited book is a book in which an editor or group of editors has put together articles from a number of different sources. While each entry deals with the same topic, they may have been written at different times, from different perspectives, and from a variety of different authors. This means we may find contradictory or opposing views in an edited book that are often not found in an authored book. The possibility of opposing views is important for your reader to understand when following citations throughout your writing.

Our friend has found an interesting edited book on China and the United States. Let's see how this book appears in the reference page.

Erickson, A. S., Goldstein, L. J., & Li, N. (2010). China, the United States and 21st-century power: Defining a maritime security sea partnership. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press.

The first thing we see is the name of the editors. They may not be the authors of the various writings within the book, but we still use their names in the reference page. Next, we see the year of publication. Our next entry is the name of the book, including the subtitle. Finally, we see the location of the publisher and the name of the publishing company.

Now let's move on with our friend to see if there are any more good books she can find on her study of China.

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