Answered On Last Updated: Nov 08, 2021

I need to quote from an eBook but it is giving me a range of numbers, what should I use in my in-text citation?

Some eBooks may not provide you with an exact page number, but with a page range instead.

An indication of page number and location within an ebook as typically indicated when reading online.

If the eBook displays information like the above, we advise you put the page range in the citation for a direct quote. In this instance, it would be 5-6.

If you see two sets of numbers, it is likely to be the lower number that you want to use. The second set of numbers in the example above (17-18 of 504) is counting pages from the title page and includes the preface and contents page that goes before the start of the text, which is why the numbers are higher.

The format of the citation will depend on the referencing style you are using. Please check the referencing guide for the reference style that you need to use.

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