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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


Books

General book format, one author:

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.


Two to seven
authors:

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: 

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. 


Two to three
editors

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. 


Chapter, essay or article from an edited book:

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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