I'm requesting that my organization upload a digital version of a book and I want to make sure they give me the correct one. I would like to include the following information in my request. Book title, subtitle, edition, and author. I'm uncertain about the order and the proper punctuation. This is not a scholarly citation, just a request of purchase, really? Here is the way I wrote it. Raise the Issue; An Integrated Approach to Critical Thinking, Third Edition by: Carol Numrich

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    Obviously not an answer related to English language usage, but just a tip for unambiguously identifying books: use the ISBN. In this case, ISBN 0-201-62100-2. Any library or bookseller should be able to find the book using that number.
    – Juhasz
    Commented Sep 23, 2022 at 17:47
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    I’m voting to close this question because it isn't within this site's scope
    – DialFrost
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 0:08
  • @DialFrost No of course not. Writing has nothing to do with learning languages at. I've been professional English Teacher 7 years. Every Language Teaching methodology I've come across has said to avoid teaching writing. Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 11:57
  • @DialFrost Actually this is one of the questions my students asked me. I guess I should tell him I can't teach him that because it's not within this site's scope.... Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 12:45
  • @Juhasz Same question to you. What shall I tell the ESL students who asked me this.question. Sorry it's not part of the English Language? Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 12:53

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If you are writing a formal reference for publication there are strict style rules. But for a generic request there are no special rules.

There are some guidelines. The title and subtitle may be italicised, and you should use the same punctuation and capitalisation for the title and subtitle as on the title page A colon is normal. The edition could be in parentheses. You don't need any punctuation after the word "by".

It is more important to get the title right. You have made a mistake... can you spot it?"

Raise the Issues: An Integrated Approach to Critical Thinking (Third Edition) by Carol Numrich.

But don't overthink this. Your punctuation would get the job done fine.

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