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CSE Style Guide: Multi-volume works

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style guide is designed for the natural and physical sciences. IRSC students writing in these disciplines can use this guide.

Multi-volume works

When citing one volume of a multi-volume set of books or monographs, use the term "Vol." followed by the arabic numerals, as "Vol. 3". The volume number follows the title of the set and precedes the title of the individual volume.

Material Type           In-text Citation              End Reference                                                        
Article from a single volume encyclopedia       (Amano c2009)

Amano M. c2009. Finless porpoise. In: Encyclopedia of marine mammals. 2nd ed. Burlington (MA): Academic Press. p. 437-439.

Article from a multi-volume encyclopedia

(Robertson 2009)

Robertson MP. 2009. Origins fo life: emergence of the RNA world. In: Wiley encyclopedia of chemical biology. Vol. 3.  Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 517-528.

If citing an article in a mulitvolume set, include the volume number after the title of the set (


Book that is part of a series (Rosenthal 2001)

Rosenthal LJ, editor. 2001. Mechanisms of DNA tumor virus transformation. New York (NY): Karger. 163 p. (Monographs in virology, vol. 23).

When a book or monograph has a collective title in addition to its own title, it is part of a series (