Answer: Quoting a Book’s Section Written by a Single Author

F.A.Q. #16

I am a second year English Studies’ student in the United Kingdom.  I am currently doing an assignment in literature where I want to reference a book by four authors, A.L Le Quesne, George P. Landow, Stefan Collini and Peter Stansky.  The book is entitled Victorian Thinkers with a section by each author on Carlyle, Ruskin, Arnold and Morris.

I need to reference the section concerning Ruskin (written by Landow) as that is the only section I am concerned with.  Do I still quote all four authors of the book (I mean one author and et al.) but then cite the particular chapter by Landow separately?


When a book is written collectively by numerous authors and when each author is the sole creator of a specific and complete section of the book, then an adequate footnote representing Ruskin’s section should be included in this format:

1 George P. Landow, “Title of the book’s particular section”, in A.L. Le Quesne et al., Victorian Thinkers: Carlyle, Ruskin, Arnold, Morris, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992, pp. xx-yy.

(Please note that “xx” is the first page number of the “Ruskin” section and “yy” is the last page number of the “Ruskin” section).

The bibliography reference would look like this:

Le Quesne, A. L. et al. Victorian thinkers: Carlyle, Ruskin, Arnold, Morris. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. 428 p.


Citing a Book Written by Numerous Authors

Citing the Back Cover of a Book

Endnotes’ Procedure and Number of References

Footnote for a Foreword

Footnote Regarding an Expert Author’s Paragraph

Footnotes and Copyright Protected Documents

Footnotes and Direct References

Footnotes and Official Letters

Footnotes and Punctuation Marks

Footnoting a Citation from a Translated Book

Numbering and Continuation of Footnotes

Positioning of the Number

Proper Reference for the Transcription of a Conference

Proper Use of the Ibid. Terminology

Quoting a Book’s Section Written by a Single Author

Quoting from a Dictionary

Quoting from a Website

Reference for a Scholar’s Lecture

Reference for an Essay Published in a Book with Many Authors

Referencing Photos and Pictures

Two Footnotes in a Single Sentence

Using a Source More Than Once

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