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APA Citation Quick Guide: Book

Model Book Citation

Works Cited Entry, Basic Form

Author Name, Reversed. (Date). Title of the book. Location: Publisher. 

  • Provide the author's name in reversed order using only initials of given names (Surname, Initials of Given Names).
  • If there are more than one author, all names are reversed with initials and separated by commas; the last author is preceded with an ampersand.
  • Use the prescribed punctuation between each element of the citation.
  • Italicize the title of the book.
  • Use hanging indent (the first line begins at the left margin and all subsequent lines are indented).

Book with Single Author

 

Baritz, L. (1960). The servants of power: a history of the use of social science in American industry. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press.

 

Book with Multiple Authors

 

Foley, H. J., & Matlin, M. W. (2010). Sensation and perception (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

 

Edited Book

 

Green, C.D., Shore, M., & Teo, T. (Eds.) (2001). The transformation of psychology: influences of 19th-century philosophy, technology, and natural science. Washington: APA.

 

Book in Subsequent Edition

 

Kuhn, T. S. (1996). The structure of scientific revolutions (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

  •  Note the inclusion of the edition statement.

 

Electronic Book

Diener, E., Kahneman, D., & Helliwell, J. (2010). International differences in well-being [Oxford Scholarship Online version]. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732739.001.0001

or if no DOI were available, this would be cited as:

Diener, E., Kahneman, D., & Helliwell, J. (2010). International differences in well-being [Oxford Scholarship Online version]. Retrieved from http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/

More Information

For more details on citing specific types of books, including technical reports, doctoral dissertations, etc., see Publication manual, 7.02-7.06, pp. 202-208.

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