We understand that standards for citing RedShelf books in your research can be a bit ambiguous. The MLA (Modern Language Association) handbook has one format for citing eBooks and one for citing web pages, yet RedShelf is an eBook on a web page.
Your professor may have a preference as to how they want your Works Cited pages to look, so we recommend checking with them before turning in your assignment.
To help you cite your RedShelf eBooks, we’ve created a citation feature in our eReader and a citation template.
Using Our Citation Feature
Our citation tool allows you to cite a specific phrase from your eBook in MLA format. To create a citation, the process begins the same as highlighting.
- Click and hold the text with your left mouse button (or tap and hold on your touchscreen device), then drag over the words you'd like to cite.
- In the task box that appears, click Citation:
- In the pop-up that appears, click Copy Citation to copy the citation onto your computer’s clipboard. Please note that the formatted citation may not have all the information of a full MLA citation.
- Right-click and paste (or Ctrl+V) the citation into your assignment.
RedShelf eBook Citation Template
In addition to our citation tool, you might find this RedShelf eBook citation template helpful:
Author’s last name, First name. “Title of the chapter or section.” Title of the e-book, translated by or edited by First name Last name, vol. number, Publisher, Year of publication, page number(s). Title of the web site or database, URL.
Berger, Kathleen Stassen. “Learning Two Languages.” The Developing Person: Through Childhood and Adolescence, 10th ed., Worth Publishers, 2015, 295. RedShelf, platform.virdocs.com/r/c/0/doc/359267.
Where to Find Relevant Information
It can be difficult to find some of the information required for these citations. You can find most of the relevant information on the eBook’s product page.
Finding the Title, Edition, Author and Publisher on the Product Page
Select View Book Details to view the eBook’s title, edition, author, and publisher.
The title, edition, and author are are in big, bold type at the top of the page.
Continue to scroll down to see the eBook’s publisher. It is located next to the label Sold By.
Finding the Chapter/Section Title, Page Number, and URL on the Webpage
Chapter/section title, page number, and URL are on the web page of the quotation you’re citing. You only need to include the URL between https:// and /sp/.
Finding the Publication Year on the Copyright Page
Go to the beginning of the book for the publication year (always use the most recent year you see since that’s the version you’re using). The publisher information is also here.
In-text citations are the same as any other book: the author’s last name and the page number are in parentheses, e.g. (Berger 295). Citing an eBook without page numbers requires only the author’s last name.
You can usually leave out page numbers if your eBook doesn’t have them and cite the eBook as a web page. We recommend checking with your professor about their preferences.
Have Questions? RedShelf is always happy to help how we can!