How do I cite a PDF?


In most citation styles, file type has little, if any, impact on the citation.

It is the source type that determines the format of a citation. Common source types include books, journal articles, and webpages. 

If you would like to cite a PDF file, consider what type of source it is. Is it a book? A journal article? A government report? Something else? 

For more information about citing a variety of online sources, please see RDP Library’s citation guides: 

APA (7th ed.): How to Build a Citation
MLA (9th ed.): How to Build a Citation
Chicago (17th ed.): How to Build a Citation


  • Last Updated Jun 13, 2023
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