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COPHS Plagiarism & Citation Guide: Books

For students in the PA, Pharmacy, or other health-sciences field, this guide is an introduction to COPHS standards and best practices.

General Rules

Rules for Books

  • If editors are given instead of authors, simply put the editors’ names followed by the “ed” or “eds”. (Do not put the quotes.)
  • Italicize the title of the book, but not the title of a specific chapter within a book.
  • Capitalize each main word in the title of the entire book. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word in the title/subtitle of a specific chapter within a book.
  • A book’s edition number does not need to be spelled out. (i.e. 8th ed is preferred over eighth edition.)
  • If the publication location is outside the United States, list city and country. (Example: London, England)
  • If more than one publisher location appears in the book, list the location that appears first.
  • When referencing a specific chapter in a book, use the same format as above but place the chapter’s “Author’s names. Title of the chapter. In:” at the beginning of the reference, and add page numbers at the end of the reference. 

Examples

Print Book

Author Last Name First Initial Middle Initial. Title of Book. Edition number (if applicable). City of publication, State Abbreviation: Name of Publisher; Year. 

Butler JT. Consumer Health. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2012.

eBook

Author Last Name First Initial Middle Initial. Title of Book. Edition number. City of publication, State Abbreviation: Name of Publisher; Year. URL. Accessed month day, year.

Cooper C. Organic Chemist’s Desk Reference. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2011.
http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/nlebk_337567_AN?sid=073d7d45-4c9c-45e7-bbb668e7dcc7126c@sessionmgr115&vid=1&lpid=lp_vii . Accessed December 13, 2011. 

Book Chapter

Author Last Name First Initial Middle Initial. Title of Chapter. In: Author/Editor Last Name First Initial Middle Initial. Title of Book. Edition number. City of publication, State Abbreviation: Name of Publisher; Year: Page #.

Vernon HJ. Immunology and Allergy. In: Arcara K, Tschudy M eds. The Harriet Lane Handbook. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby;2012:p387-400.

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