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APA Citation Style & Formatting: Citing Electronic or Online Books

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

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Citing Online/eBooks in APA Style

When citing online books and eBooks, the publisher location and name are replaced with a web site address.   The web site address should be the home page URL of the digital library or publisher. 

Ebook or Online Book Citation Examples

General Format

AuthorLastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial. (Year of Publication).  Title of book: Subtitle of book.  Retrieved from http://www.onlinelibraryhomepage.xxx

Examples

Freud, S. (1913). The Interpretation of Dreams (3rd Edition).  Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books

Weaver, M. (1999). Visual literacy: How to read and use information in graphic form. Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.com/


Online book with an editor instead of an author 

General Format

EditorLastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial.  (Ed.) (Year of Publication).  Title of Book: Subtitle of bookRetrieved from http://www.homepageofonlinelibrary

Example

Perkins, K. E. (Ed.) (1990).  Black female playwrights: An anthology of plays before 1950. Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.com/

Section from an edited book online: Chapter, essay, or article

General Format

AuthorLastName, FirstInitial. MiddleInitial.  (Year of Publication).  Title of chapter or section.  In EditorFirstInitial. MiddleInitial. EditorLastName (Ed.) Title of Book: Subtitle of bookRetrieved from http://www.homepageofonlinelibrary

Example

Hurston, Z. N. (1990).  Color struck: A play in four scenes.  In K. A. Perkins (Ed.), Black female playwrights: An anthology of plays before 1950 (pp.89-102).  Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.com/

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