Guide: How to cite a Book in NSF style

Guide: How to cite a Book in NSF style

Cite A Book in NSF style

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Use the following template to cite a book using the NSF citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the NSF style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


1. Author Surname, Author Initial. 'Title' (Year Published): Pages Used. 


1. Martin, R. and Osberg, S. 'Two Keys To Sustainable Social Enterprise' Harvard Business Review no. Vol. 10, 05 (2015): 77p. Available at 

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.




Social entrepreneurship has  emerged over the past several decades as a way to identify and bring about potentially transformative societal change. A hybrid of government  intervention and pure business entrepreneurship, social ventures can address problems that are too narrow in scope to spark legislative activism or to attract private capital. [1]

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