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Citation Guides: Books

How to format book citations in APA style

About this guide

This guide is based on The Bluebook. For more details and examples, consult The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.) 2010. (REF KF 245 U55  2010).

  • Note, however, that the APA style incorporates various changes into the Bluebook style.
  • The Bluebook style is not used to cite legal periodical articles or books. Use the regular APA style.
  • To cite legal materials from states other than Massachusetts, follow the forms given below for Massachusetts, but substitute the abbreviations found on pages 170-228 of the Bluebook.
  • Some Web-based databases do not include the data required to cite according to these rules. Lexis-Nexis is the best source.

Additional APA Style Guide Websites


Basic Format

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher.

Note: The title of the book is italicized.


Basic Examples

Adams, F. L., Cantor, P., Hoctor, C., Johnson, P. A., Mulroy, S. A., & Peters, M. T. (2001). Raising large families in the 21st century. Burlington, VT: Pages Press.

Glister, P. (1993). The internet navigator. New York: Wiley.

Wallach, M. A., & Wallach, L. (1983). Psychology’s sanction for selfishness: The error of egoism in theory and therapy. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.


Books that are Edited

Hollin, C. (Ed.). (1995). Contemporary psychology: An introduction. London: Taylor & Francis.


Books by a Group (or Corporate) Author

American Medical Association. (1989). The American Medical Association encyclopedia of medicine. New York: Random House.


Books with No Author or Editor

Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1993). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.


Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Chowning, J. (1999). Perceptual fusion and auditory perspective. In P. R. Cook (Ed.),. Music, cognition, and computerized sound: An introduction to psychoacoustics (pp. 261-275). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Entry in a Reference Book (signed entry)

Bergman, P. G. (1993). Relativity. In The new encyclopaedia britannica (Vol. 26, pp. 501-508). Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica.


Entry in a Reference Book (unsigned entry)

Relativity. (1995). In The Penguin dictionary of psychology (2nd. Ed., p. 658). New York: Penguin Books.

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