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eBook User's Guide

General Rules

An ebook will often provide the citation in the ebook toolbar. Look for the word CITE or CITATION TOOLS and then select the citation style you need, but make sure to double check the format for double spacing and indentation.

TIP: Be sure to check out the Rockhurst Citation Guide to supplement this page and discover even more helpful information about citing resources. Remember that your citations will be different if you use a single chapter or entry from an eBook versus information from the entire book!

In general, you cite eBooks the same way as you would a print source. The only difference is that you may have to include the database or website from which you retrieved the book or other electronic resource information, such as the DOI. Rules may change depending on the citation style you use. Here are some examples:

APA, 6th ed. 

From the Purdue Owl writing lab, "If the work is not directly available online or must be purchased, use "Available from," rather than "Retrieved from," and point readers to where they can find it. For books available in both print form and electronic form, include the publish date in parentheses after the author's name. For references to e-book editions, be sure to include the type and version of e-book you are referencing (e.g., "[Kindle DX version]"). If DOIs are available, provide them at the end of the reference."

De Huff, E. W. (n.d.). Taytay’s tales: Traditional Pueblo Indian tales. Retrieved from

Davis, J. (n.d.). Familiar birdsongs of the Northwest. Available from inkey=1-9780931686108-0

MLA, 8th ed. 

Diong, C. H., Mijung Kim, and Education Asian Association for Biology. Biology Education For Social And Sustainable Development. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 24 Nov. 2013.

Mondrian, Piet. The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide. Abington: Helicon, 2014. Credo Reference. Web. 5 Feb 2015.

Other Formats

For other citation formats, or to get more details, please visit the Rockhurst Library Citation Guide. Another good resource is Purdue Owl

Basic Steps for Using eBooks

Advanced Feature Help

To learn how to use these advanced features of eBooks, including printing, visit the help pages of each eBook subscription provider. 

Most help buttons are located in the upper right hand corner of the eBook provider's database interface. 

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