Template:Cite book

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This documentation is transcluded from Template:Cite book/doc and needs to be edited separately.

For making citations of print books and ebooks.


Copy a blank version to use. All parameter names are supported only in lower case. Use the "|" (pipe) character between each parameter. Unused parameters may be deleted to avoid clutter in the edit window. Some samples on this documentation page may include the current date. If the date is not current, then purge the page.

Common forms

Common form (with author)

{{ cite book |first= |last= |title= |publisher= |date= |isbn= }}

Book published online

{{ cite book |first= |last= |title= |publisher= |date= |isbn= |url= |access-date=2022-08-13 }}

Book published online but now archived

{{ cite book |first= |last= |title= |publisher= |date= |isbn= |url= |archive-url= |archive-date= |access-date=2022-08-13 }}


{{ cite book

Required parameters

  • title: The title of the referenced source, as it appears in the source.

Optional parameters

  • access-date: The date that the referenced source was last successfully accessed, written in YYYY-MM-DD format.
  • archive-url: A link to an archived version of the referenced source hosted elsewhere (e.g. the Wayback Machine), if the source is no longer available or the content has since been altered to remove the cited information. Requires archive-date.
    • archive-date: The date that the archive was created, written in YYYY-MM-DD format.
  • author, author2, author3: The pseudonym, username, or other identifying name of the author of the source, if a first and last name are not known. Do not wikilink, use author-link instead.
    • author-link, author-link2, author-link3: Works with either author, or first and last, to produce a link to the appropriate wiki article. Does not work with URLs.
    • first, first2, first3: The first name of the author. Requires last.
    • last, last2, last3: The last name of the author.
    • author4 and last4 are not shown, but will output "et al." if either is set.
  • chapter: The chapter heading of the referenced source, if relevant. May be wikilinked unless chapter-url is used.
    • chapter-url: An external URL for this chapter.
    • chapter-format: The format of the chapter-url. See format.
  • date: The date that the referenced source was written or published. This can be a full or partial date expressed in YYYY-MM-DD format.
    • orig-date: The publication year or date, if there have been multiple prints. Displays in square brackets after date. For clarity, please supply specifics. For example: |orig-date=First published 1859.
  • edition: When the publication has more than one edition; for example: "2nd", "Revised", and so forth. Appends the string " ed." after the field, so |edition=2nd produces "2nd ed."
  • id: A unique identifier, where none of the below are applicable. Wikilink or externally link as applicable.
    • doi: Digital Object Identifier; for example: 10.2979/jfolkrese.56.2_3.08.
    • isbn: International Standard Book Number; for example: 978-1-6006-1417-0. Use the 13-digit ISBN, only using the 10-digit version if no 13-digit version is known or available. Hyphens optional, but preferred for readability.
    • issn: International Standard Serial Number; for example: 2531-0305.
    • jstor: JSTOR reference number; for example: 41307538. Note that JSTOR also hosts DOI content, use the doi parameter in those instances.
    • oclc: OCLC number, via WorldCat; for example: 1267406535.
    • ol: Open Library identifier with "OL" omitted; for example 7910469W.
  • language: The language of the referenced source, if not in English.
  • others: Other people involved in the creation of the book, if not the author; for example, an editor or illustrator. May contain wikilinks.
  • page or pages: The specific page or pages that are being referenced. For a single page: |page=22. For a range of pages: |pages=19–22. For multiple individual pages: |pages=9, 13, 22.
  • publisher: The publisher of the referenced source. May contain wikilinks.
    • publication-place: The locality of the publishing organisation. Can be omitted if unknown or is obvious from the publisher name, e.g. Random House of Canada.
  • series: When the source is part of a series, such as a book series or a journal where the issue numbering has restarted.
  • quote: Relevant text quoted from the source.
  • url: The URL that the referenced source can be found, if it's hosted online.
    • format: The format of the referenced source, if it's hosted online but is not an HTML webpage. This should be the file type as you would typically see it given in a file extension, such as PDF, DOC, JPG, etc.
  • volume: For one publication published in several volumes. Displays after the title and series fields; volume numbers should be entered just as a numeral (e.g. 37).

Extension parameters

These parameters are intended for use by templates that extend and build upon this one. They should not be used in articles.

  • title-after: Free text to insert after the title.
  • title-before: Free text to insert before the title.