Answered By: Timothy Grasso
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2018     Views: 2

A. The Turabian Citation Quick Guide states: 
"For books consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database. For other types of e-books, name the format. If no fixed page numbers are available, cite a section title or a chapter or other number in the notes or, if possible, track down a version with fixed page numbers." 
Look under "E-Book" at this link for Turabian citation examples.
B. If you are using Chicago as your citation style, the following two pages of the manual give additional information and examples for citing eBooks:

C. To summarize: Cite your eBook by chapter number and/or section heading if it is in EPUB format (which does not display page numbers), or on a mobile device/ eReader that contains non-fixed page numbers (where the amount of text per page changes with the type size). Include a URL, database, or device (e.g. Kindle) in your citation as appropriate.

You can cite using page numbers as usual if you access an eBook in PDF format where the page numbers do not change (i.e. online through a database, or offline in Adobe Digital Editions). Just be sure to indicate the applicable database (e.g. EBSCO) or application/format (e.g. Adobe Digital Editions, PDF) in your citation. 

D. As with any citation advice, always follow the specific citation instructions of your professor as your first resource.

Instructions for accessing stable PDF eBook (page number citations)

  • Starting at the title's catalog record click the link to view eBook.
  • This eBook is provided through EBSCO and is available in PDF and EPUB format. EPUB displays better on mobile devices but does not include page numbers. The PDF format does.
  • You can access the PDF format from the menu on the left of the EBSCO record page:
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  • Accessing the eBook this way should be a direct digital reproduction of the print edition, including the page numbers at the top of each page and displayed at the bottom of the eBook viewer:
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  • As noted in the Chicago style guide, it is still best practice to confirm that the print quote location matches the eBook page number (or to just cite the print book). 
Please note:
If the eBook is only available in EPUB format you won't be able to see reliable page numbers. The default solution is to cite by chapter number and/or section heading as outlined above, or to cite the page number from the print edition.

An alternative work around is to try looking up a specific book passage in google books (which are almost always PDF format). For older works this will usually allow you to see a few "snippets" of the book, including its page number. This is not the case for many books published after c.2010.