Can I list two separate pages from the same book as two sources?I got an assignment to find 5 sources(scan then print etc.) on a person. I couldn't find many books on it, but one of the two books I...

Can I list two separate pages from the same book as two sources?

I got an assignment to find 5 sources(scan then print etc.) on a person. I couldn't find many books on it, but one of the two books I had had varying points on different pages. 

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The answer to this question would depend on what kind of book you are referring to. If it is a monograph (a book about a single topic), biography, or even a textbook or synthesis that deals with a series of topics, but is written by the same author, you probably would not want to use different pages within that book as different sources, because frankly they aren't. However, if the book in question is a collection of essays or articles by different authors, or even by the same author, it might be acceptable to cite them as different sources. So for example, if I was writing a paper about Thomas Jefferson, I wouldn't cite information from different pages in Annette Gordon Reed's book Hemingses of Monticello as different sources. It all comes from the same source. However, I could perhaps use two separate essays from Peter Onuf's book Jeffersonian Legacies, because each essay is written by a different author. As is always the case when there is confusion about these issues, the best practice would be to ask your teacher or professor. 

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