Assume that: 1. the original text lacks line numbers

  1. and counting the line numbers (for each citation) is too inefficient, for both you and the reader.

Is it conventional to write the beneath?

This quotation is from p. 10 ( [one of:] Top, Middle, Bottom).

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    I think line number is probably more useful than top, middle, bottom.
    – ff524
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 20:18
  • @ff524 I emended my post.
    – user13306
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 20:35
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    The page has lines, no? You count them to get the line number.
    – ff524
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 21:45
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    p. 10, fifth paragraph. Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 23:58

1 Answer 1


It is not common practice to mention the exact location of a cited item within an article. Citing the item itself would enough most of the times, and citing the page number should suffice.

If you are still concerned about citing the specific page, in the case where the content in the book is dense and heterogeneous, then you may cite them in the way @ff524 or @DanPeterson has suggested.

p. n, mth paragraph
p. n, kth line

where n is the page number, m is the paragraph number, k is the line number.

  • Also, one could add a section/subsection number if applicable. Commented May 20, 2018 at 0:55

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