Answered By: Larry Click
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016     Views: 103603

If the lab manual has been published, cite it as you would any other book.  Published titles will have a publisher listed on the title page and most likely will have an ISBN number.

For in-text citations include the author's name and page number (use the title, in quotes, and page number instead if no author is listed).  For the works cited page, follow this format:

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

If the lab manual was created by a staff member or department of the school, and is only available through the class, cite it as an unpublished work.  The rules for in-text citations will be the same.  If a department prepared the manual, use it for the name in the citation.

For the works cited page of an unpublished manual, follow this format:

Lastname, Firstname (or Department name). "Title". Lab handbook. School or organization associated with manual. Organization location. Manual date (use n.d. if no date is available). Medium of publication.


Science and Math Department. "Manual for PHYS 1402". Lab handbook. College of the Mainland. Texas City. 2014. Print.

Comments (2)

  1. How do you cite a specific experiment within the lab manual?
    by Meg on Sep 14, 2014.
  2. You would still cite the manual as a book. If the experiment is its own section or chapter, then you would treat it like a chapter in a book.

    It would start with the below information

    Last name, First name. "Title of Chapter". Title of book (in italics, I can't format in comments).

    Then proceed on with the rest of the citation.
    by Erin McDaniel on Sep 15, 2014.

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