ENG457F: Citing your primary source

Because there are often many different editions of ‘the same’ book, it’s important for you to provide all the details about the edition that you used.

Your essay should have a bibliography attached that provides as much of the following information as you can find, for each source used:

If you got the book online, you must include the name of the collection and its URL (in angle brackets, but your word processor may convert this into a live link!). It’s also conventional to give the date on which you retrieved the information.

ECCO (under “Full citation”) very helpfully gives you a “Source Citation.” I’d copy it exactly but add the publisher’s name.

[Barbauld, Anna Letitia.] 1778. Lessons for children, from two to three years old.

London: printed for J. Johnson, 1787. Based on information from English Short Title Catalogue. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale Group. Retrieved October 19, 2004, from http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/ECCO

[Barbauld, Anna Letitia.] 1778-1779. Lessons for children. Parts I-IV. 4 vols.

London: for J. Johnson, 1801. The Hockliffe Project. Retrieved October 19, 20-4, from http://www.cta.dmu.ac.uk/projects/Hockliffe/

Otherwise I don’t really mind what style you use, but be consistent. U of T’s writing website has a section on documentation, with a link to the MLA website’s list of frequently asked questions.