RedShelf is a browser-based eReading platform, which is great for a lot of reasons, but 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, but RedShelf is an eBook on a web page... What’s a scholar to do?!
Your professor might 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! We do have a tool built right into the reader, which is a good jumping-off point, but here’s a RedShelf eBook citation template you might find 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
Some of the info required for these citations can be... elusive. You’ll find a good chunk of it on the book details page, which is linked to your Shelf:
The title, edition, and author are easy to see right at the top:
If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see the publisher:
Chapter/section title, page number, and URL will be on the web page of the quotation you’re citing. You only need to include the URL between https:// and /sp/.
You’ll have to go to the beginning of the book for the publication year (you always want to use the most recent year you see, since that’s the version you’re using). The publisher information is here again, as well:
In-text citations would be the same as any other book - author’s last name and the page number in parentheses, e.g. (Berger 295). Citing an eBook without page numbers would require only the author’s last name.
That’s it! If your book doesn’t have page numbers, that’s totally fine - you can usually leave them out and cite the eBook as a web page. (But, again, we recommend checking with your professor about their preferences - and RedShelf is always happy to help how we can!)