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Citation Guidelines

Citing Perlego Books

Most books on the Perlego e-book platform now include page numbers. For books that don't display page numbers, here are three citation options that you can use instead:

1. Citation generator 

Perlego has a built-in citation generator that often includes page numbers, even if the page numbers are not visible while reading the book. To use the citation generator, highlight the section of text that you want to cite and click on the quotation mark symbol (”) that pops up.  

A screenshot of a highlighted sentence from a book on Perlego with the pop-up bar that shows the "cite passage" option.


This will open a “references and citations” panel, which has options to generate reference list and footnote/in-text citations in a range of citation styles. Note that the footnote citations include the page number for the sentence that you selected. 

Perlego's "references and citations" panel, showing the Chicago Manual of Style reference list and footnote citation formats.

2. Chapter and paragraph citation

If you see that the citation generator does not include page numbers, try to cite using a combination of chapter, section, and/or paragraph numbers instead. This method is recommended by most citation styles for when page numbers are not available, and Perlego provides examples of these citations. 

A screenshot of the reference and citation panel for an incomplete citation. Rather than showing page numbers, it cites a chapter of the book.

3. Links to the passage

You can also link directly to a passage, if you want to give a more precise citation than by chapter or paragraph. To do so, highlight the section that you want to cite and click on the link symbol (🔗) that pops up. Perlego will generate a link directly to the passage that you have highlighted. Note that your readers must also have access to Perlego in order to use the link.

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