Answered By: Jaclyn De Nichilo
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2018     Views: 15

Unlike the library databases that contain citation tools available to select from a dropdown option of either APA or MLA format, this is not the case for e-texts. In order to cite an e-text, you manually have to explore the contents of the title and formulate the standard citation. As a starting point,  become familiar with the components you need to formulate the citation for the e-text. Below is both an  APA and MLA example:

APA standard citation for e-text:

Author's last name, first initial. (Year of publication). Title of textbook in italics. Retrieved from (insert source url)

Official Example:

Tarr, A. (2012). PhP and My SQL24-Hour Trainer. Retrieved from

MLA standard citation for e-text:

Author's last name, Author's first name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year, Berkeley College E-Text, (insert source url)

Official Example:

Tarr, Andrea. PhP and My SQL 24-Hour Trainer. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012. Berkeley College E-Text,

Steps to formulate a citation from your e-text:

Once you become familiar with the components of the e-text citation, look for a page that includes the information you need. From the table of contents, go to the "cover" or "credits" pages.  If they do not have the information you are looking for, try going forward one page at a time until you locate it.

For more assistance on citation format, contact the Center for Academic Success, refer to the Library's Writing and Citing LibGuide, or consult the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

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