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Citing a book requires in-text citation and a reference list, also known as a Works Cited page or bibliography. There are three common citation styles:

  • APA: APA style citations include the author's last name and first initials, year of publication, italicized book title, and publisher. Meanwhile, the in-text citation includes the author's last name, publication year, and page number.
  • MLA: An MLA citation requires the author's name, italicized book title, publisher, and year of publication. The in-text citation only lists the author's last name and page number of the cited book.
  • Chicago-style: Chicago-style citations use footnotes to cite sources instead of parentheticals. The footnotes include the author's name, book title, edition, location and name of the publisher, and the publication year.

Which citation style you use may depend on your course's specific guidelines, but typically APA style is used in social and behavioral sciences, MLA is used in humanities subjects like English literature, and Chicago-style is used in history and humanities.

Reading a used book is easy, and you already have some reading skills since you're reading this. However, there's a difference between reading and reading well. How you read a book depends on why you're reading it. Individuals who read for entertainment read differently than those reading to learn. When reading a book, read the whole book, not just the story.

Reading the preface, table of contents, any indexes, and the inside of the cover can help you learn about the author and the book to determine whether or not it's something you want to invest time into. For example, many people read novels superficially; they typically read for entertainment and don't need to study the words or ideas on a page. However, you read a textbook much differently than you do a novel. You might have to study the ideas and information in a textbook, which requires more brainpower.

The average person reads about 12 books per year, which has decreased from 15 books over the years. However, this number doesn't mean that fewer people are reading; the people who are reading are simply reading fewer books.