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APA Citation Style & Formatting: Citing Print Books

A guide to citing sources and to creating a list of references.

Print or Electronic?

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A print book is one that can be held in your hands. It is a physical book made of paper and cardstock or cardboard such as those on the library shelves.

Electronic books, or eBooks, are digital versions of books that are meant to be read completely online. Examples of ebooks include books from EBSCOhost, Overdrive, Safari, Netlibrary, Google Books, Open Library.

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Citing Print Books in APA Style

Book Citation Examples

Book with one author

General Format

Author LastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial.  (Year of Publication). Title of book: Subtitle of book. City of Publication, State Abbreviation: Publisher Name.

Example

Bloom, H. (2000). How to read and why. New York, NY: Scribner.


Book with two - seven authors 

General Format

AuthorLastName#1, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial., AuthorLastName#2, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial., & LastAuthorLastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial.  (Year of Publication). Title of book: Subtitle of book. City of Publication, State Abbreviation: Publisher Name.

Example

Lilley, L. L., Harrington, S. & Snyder, J. S. (2005). Pharmacology and the nursing process. St. Louis, MO: Mosby. 


Book with an editor instead of an author 

General Format

EditorLastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial., (Ed.). (Year of Publication). Title of Book: Subtitle of book. City of Publication, State Abbreviation: Publisher Name.

Example

Soyer, D. (Ed.) (2005). A coat of many colors: Immigration, globalization, and reform in New York City’s garment industry. New York, NY: Fordham Univ. Press. 


Book with two - three editors 

General Format  

AuthorLastName#1, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial.,  AuthorLastName#2, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial., (Eds.)  (Year of Publication).  Title of book:  Subtitle of book. City of Publication, State Abbreviation: Publisher Name.

Example

Gates, H. L., & McKay, N. Y. (Eds.) (1997). The Norton anthology of African American literature. New York, NY: Norton. 


Section of an edited book: Chapter, essay, or article 

General Format

ChapterAuthor LastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial. (Year of Publication).  Title of Chapter or Essay.  In EditorFirstInitial. EditorMiddleInitial.  EditorLastName  (Ed.),  Title of book: Subtitle of book (firstpage number - lastpage number of chapter in book).  City of Publication, State Abbreviation: Publisher Name. 

Example

Mencken, H. L. (1966).  The man who wasn’t fooled.  In A. F. Westin (Ed.), Views of America (pp. 308-309). New York, NY:Harcourt, Brace & World.

 

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