Citing Books

This is the citation pattern for books:

author, title, edition (if needed), place of publication, publisher, year of publication, pinpoint (if needed).


PW Hogg, Constitutional Law of Canada, 2d ed (Toronto: Carswell, 1985).

Citation Breakdown:

  1. Author’s Name
  • initial(s) or first name (as it appears in the book), then last name
  1. Book Title
  • the title should be in italics
  1. Edition Number
  • include if this is not the first edition (note that 2d and 3d are used, not 2nd and 3rd)
  1. Place of Publication
  • the city name is followed by a colon and contained in parentheses along with the publisher name and year of publication
  1. Publisher
  • write the name of the publisher as it appears on the title page
  1. Year of Publication
  • indicate the year of the current edition
  1. Pinpoint
  • Pinpoint to a page or section. See the following examples:

PW Hogg, Constitutional Law of Canada, 2d ed (Toronto: Carswell, 1985) at 73.

RJ Delisle, Evidence: Principles and Problems (Toronto: Carswell, 1984) at 129.


Queen’s University Library “ Legal Citation” Accessed Dec 29, 2016.

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