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I'm writing something in which I want to cite page 50 of Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times at one point, and page 83 of the same text at another point. This is no problem for in-text citations, since I say "(Kline, M. 1972, p. 50)" when I want to cite page 50, and "(Kline, M. 1972, p. 83)" when I want to cite page 83. However, it presents an issue in the reference list, since I want to indicate the pages I have used from each text in the reference list. I could write

"Kline, M. (1972). Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 50 - 83.",

but that would imply that I have used every page from page 50 to page 83, which is not true and I do not want to be implied. I could also create two references for the same text, one citing page 50 and other page 83, but I don't know if this is the proper thing to do. I want to be able to write something like

"Kline, M. (1972). Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times. New York: Oxford University Press, p. 50, p.83.",

but again I don't know if this is the proper thing to do. How do I cite disjoint passages from the same text without implying that I have used everything between them?

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How do I cite disjoint passages from the same text without implying that I have used everything between them?

In the reference list, write:

Kline, M. (1972). Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times. New York: 
Oxford University Press.

I.e., omit page numbers. In the main body, write (Kline, M. 1972, p. 50) and (Kline, M. 1972, p. 83), as you already have. In some disciplines, you can also write (Kline, M. 1972, p. 50) followed by (ibid, p. 50), when no other citations appear inbetween.

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  • Would leaving the pages numbers out of the reference list be seen as lazy? Most reference lists I see have the page numbers included, and this work is going to be marked so I don't want something like that acting as a disadvantage. – windingnumberone Aug 15 '19 at 10:49
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    @windingnumberone Most reference lists I see have the page numbers included, when page numbers are included, are they included for books? Or manuscripts (e.g., journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, ...) which form part of a larger collection? For the latter, page numbers should be included in the reference list (for a book chapter, the chapter number can be included, rather than page numbers). For the former, I have never seen page numbers in the reference list, I have seen them in the main body. (You can also include page numbers in the many body for other works.) – user2768 Aug 15 '19 at 11:33
  • That's a good point. They aren't used for books. Thanks. – windingnumberone Aug 15 '19 at 11:56

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