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APA Citation Style & Formatting: Citing 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.

Citing Books in APA Style

  • When citing print books, the citation includes the publisher location and name. 
  • When citing electronic books, the publisher information is replaced with a web address for the online library or service where the book can be found.
  • There are some exceptions, of course.

Place your mouse over the orange tab above that says Citing Books.  You'll see specific examples of both types.

To get more information, use one of the print manuals or one of the online guides on the Introduction page, or ask a librarian for help.

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