Writing nonfiction often requires authors to use citations throughout their book. A citation is a formal way of giving credit for material used or referenced from another source, such as a book, journal, or website. Understanding citation best practices for nonfiction, including why, when, and how to use citations, will help you create a book that is ethically and legally sound.
The best practice for nonfiction writers is to cite any of the following material:
There are many ways to cite references in a book. When choosing a style, consider your book's genre and your publisher's preference. If you're unsure which style is appropriate, research books similar to yours and note which citation style is used most.
Chicago Manual of Style, notes and bibliography citation system:
Sometimes it's not enough to simply give credit for sourced material—you may need to obtain permission from the copyright holder. In some cases, even if you're only quoting a small amount of text, you still may need to ask permission. It's not always about the amount of content that you use, but the percentage of the total work. Another consideration is specifically which part you quote. For example, if you quote the heart of the work, even if it's just one line from a book, you may need to seek permission.
By understanding the best practices for citations in nonfiction, you can create a book that is helpful to your readers and meets the expectations of publishers and the academic community. When you are familiar with how to cite sources from the beginning, you can stay organized and avoid the headache of tracking down sources after you've written your manuscript.
If I'm using own personal medical records do I need to credit the hospital?
I'm having trouble getting permission from The Associated Press to use a photograph of the Azawad Salvation Army parading murdered Sgt. LaDavid Johnson's pickup truck over their atomic bomb. This is also possibly the best photograph of what a site that might produce minerals containing nuclear explosives looks like. It's a sandwash filled with bright yellow sand, carnotite, that contains uranium which decays into nuclear explosives.
I think you should use this platform to cite their works as well as share your book title. I don't have information or advice, but this is very interesting.
Hi there, Im in the final stages of publishing my book but have used several famous quotes from Einstein and Erkhart Tolle. I have sent several emails to their trustees however have not yet received a reply. These few quotes lead into the content of several chapters of the book and without the permission to use them I will have to restructure a significant amount of my writing. Any information or advice on how I can get around this roadblock would be much appreciated. Thank you. Natalie
This is very helpful. I didn't realize that I had to permission to quote song lyrics.
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