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APA Guide (Based on the 6th Edition): References: Books

Books

See the below for how to write a reference. There is the format (including the periods, abbreviations, and capitalization) and an example for each type of item to be in the reference list.

 

General Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of book: Use capital letter for the first word for subtitle. Location: Publisher.​

 

 

Categories Solutions

A print book with

one author

Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of book: Use capital letter for the first word for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Example

Johnson, P. (2003). Art: A new history. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

A print book with

more than

one author

Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial., & Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of book: Use capital letter for the first word for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Example

Kamruzzaman, J., Begg, R., & Sarker, R. A. (2006). Artificial neural networks in finance and manufacturing. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Pub.

Electronic Book Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of book. Retrieved from URL 

Example

Lenarz, T., & Wriggers, P. (2014). Biomedical Technology. Retrieved from http://www.eblib.com

Volume book Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of book (Volume Number). Location: Publisher.

Example

De Certeau, M., Giard, L., Mayol, P., & Tomasik, T. J. (1998). The practice of everyday life: Living and cooking (Vol. 2). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Book chapter from an edited book Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of chapter. In Author's First Initial. Middle initial. Last Name (Eds.), Title of book (page number/s). Location: Publisher.

Example

Elkana, Y. (1975). The problem of knowledge. In Weiss, P. A. (Eds.), Knowledge in search of understanding: The Frensham papers (pp.91-104). NY: Futura Publishing Company, Inc..

Dictionary entry or encyclopedia article Format

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Publication Year). Title of entry. In Editor First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name (Ed.), Title of reference work (Vol. #, pp. #). Location: Publisher.

Example

Musket. (2003). In The new encyclopedia britannica (Vol. 8, pp. 449). Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc..

Entire edited book  Format

Editor's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial (Ed.). (Publication Year). Title of book. Location: Publication.

Example

Oates, J. C. (Ed.). (1992). The Oxford book of American short stories. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Translated book Format

Author Last Name, First Initial. (Publication Year). Title of the book. (First Initial, Last name of the translator, Trans.). Location: Publisher. (Provide original work published year if it is available in the parentheses)

Example

Zarraluki, P. (2014). The history of silence. (N. Caistor & L.García, Trans.). Madrid, Spain: Hispabooks.

 

See page 202-205 of the manual for more information.

 

 

Tips

  • When the author and publisher are the same, use Author as publisher.
  • When you list the pages of the chapter in parentheses, use pp. before the numbers.
  • If a book or book chapter has a DOI, provide the DOI information at the end.
    Example:

    American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Cautionary statement for forensic use of DSM-5. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.744053