How To Cite A PDF?

How To Cite A PDF?

  • January 14, 2023
How To Cite A PDF?

When citing a PDF, it’s important to follow the citation style guide that is appropriate for your field of study or the guidelines set by your instructor. Generally, when citing a PDF, you will need to include the following information:

  1. Author(s) or editor(s) of the PDF: Include the last name and initial(s) of the author(s) or editor(s) of the PDF.
  2. Date of publication: Include the date of publication of the PDF, if available. If the publication date is not given, use the date you accessed the PDF.
  3. Title of the PDF: Include the title of the PDF in italics.
  4. Source of the PDF: Include the source or location of the PDF, such as the website or database where you accessed it.
  5. Format: Specify that it is a PDF format.


APA: Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Retrieved from URL

MLA: Author. Title of Work. Year of Publication. Format.

Chicago: Author. “Title of Work.” Source, publication date.

It’s worth noting that the format of the citation may change depending on the style guide you are using and whether the PDF is from a journal, book, or other source. It’s always good to consult the appropriate style guide for the most up-to-date information.