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Offline rapprocher

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References in non-fiction
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:21:43 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm writing a non-fiction, personal development book, most of which is based around my own experience and learning. I do however want to reference some academic and other published work, and am wondering what is the best format for references? In University I used APA for my papers, but wondering if that's appropriate for a book?

Thanks for your ideas!
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Re: References in non-fiction
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 12:24:02 PM »
Compare how other books on your non-fiction topic handle them.

My thoughts: Probably best to use Chicago, which is the gold standard for trade books. Regardless, don't use the almost unreadable NIH abbreviations; spell out journal names so a general audience can look them up as needed.

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Re: References in non-fiction
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 12:31:00 PM »
Unless the tone and target audience is academic, I would not use academic-style citations.

Endnotes or a standard bibliography are typical for many nonfiction books targeting a business or general audience. For instance, I am looking at a business book right now that uses endnotes broken up by chapter. The citations a mix of standard bibliographic references for books or magazine articles, but also includes prose descriptions and standalone URLs for Internet sources.