I have found part of a book in .pdf file format and it contains some information I would like to use in my study. I'm trying to cite the book APA style, but I can't find any information on it whatsoever. I've spent ages searching around for any information I could find from within the PDF, but failed as only that specific PDF keeps popping up in the results. I can't make a citation if I don't even know the title of the book or the author.

My citation currently looks like this, with "Onbekend" meaning unknown and "z.j." meaning no year:

Onbekend. (z.j.). Onbekend. Opgehaald van http://wps.pearsoned.co.uk/wps/media/objects/10977/11240737/Web%20chapters/Chapter%2012_WEB.pdf

Which is unacceptable.

The part of the book in question is here.

What should I do now?

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    A 10-second google books search using a random sentence from the .pdf file suggests that it might be Modern Database Management [Pearson Education, 2015] by Jeffrey A. Hoffer and Ramesh Venkataraman and Heikki Topi. Jan 27, 2017 at 19:14
  • Search more or Ask an expert.
    – enthu
    Jan 27, 2017 at 20:47
  • @DaveLRenfro Whenever I search for any random sentence, even ones such as the one in the intro text: "distributed database, decentralized database, location transparency, local autonomy", Google Books tells me there is no result and once again states the .PDF. How did you manage to create results?
    – Zimano
    Jan 27, 2017 at 21:46
  • Maybe I got lucky, but I copied the top line on p. 12-5 -- A significant trade-off in designing a distributed database environment is whether -- and did this phrase search. Jan 27, 2017 at 22:37
  • That is incredibly strange! If I click your phrase search, it says "No books found" and then lists only the PDF from my question!
    – Zimano
    Jan 27, 2017 at 22:41

1 Answer 1


The book your looking for seems to be:

Modern Database Management

By Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Fred R. McFadden, Mary B. Prescott



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