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Q: How Do I Cite a Book Cover or Cover Copy?

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    Elise BarbeauElise Barbeau
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    If you are citing a book cover, or part of a book cover, make sure to keep in mind that you are still citing a book.

    These examples are in MLA 8 format

    For Book Cover Art
    I would recommend looking at the publication information for some of this info, and include as much as possible:

    Artist’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Artwork if available. Date Artwork Created, Title of Book, Author or Editor Name, Publisher, year, front cover.

    For Book Cover Text
    If you are citing descriptive copy or a quotation printed on the cover of a book, it’s preferable to incorporate the necessary details (chiefly, the author of the copy or quotation you are citing, if known, and the source where the copy or quotation appears) into the body of your text and then create a standard entry for the book in your works-cited list.

    If you do not include all the necessary details in the body of your text, the in-text citations and works-cited-list entries might appear as follows:

    Cover copy.The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, 2015.

    Kingston, Maxine Hong. Cover endorsement.The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, 2015.

    If the quotation is from a review of the work, you should ideally obtain the review and cite the publication in which it appeared in your works-cited list, but if you need to cite it from the book cover, your entry might read as follows:

    Caputo, Philip. Review excerpt on book cover. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, 2015.

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