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Citation Guides: Books

How to format book citations in APA style


This guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.

For more details and examples, consult the APA Publication Manual in Ely Library Reference (REF BF76.7 B83 2020 c.2).


Basic Format

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

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. Pages Press.

Glister, P. (1993). The internet navigator (2nd ed). New York: Wiley.

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


Books that are Edited

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


Books by a Group (or Corporate) Author

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


Books with No Author or Editor

Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1993).  Merriam-Webster.


Electronic Books with an Author and a DOI

Brown, L.S. (2018). Global economics (4th ed.). Random House.


Authored Books without a DOI from most academic research databases or print version

Burgess, R. (2019). Rethinking public health: Frameworks and solutions. Routledge.


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). MIT Press.


Chapter in an edited electronic book with a DOI

Balsam, K.F., Martell, C.R., Jones, K. P., & Saffren, S. A. (2019). Affirmative cognitive behavior therapy. In G. Y. Iwamasa & P. A. Hays (Eds.), Culturally responsive cognitive behavior therapy: Practice and supervision (2nd ed., pp.299-314). American Psychological Association.


Entry in a Reference Book (signed entry)

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


Entry in a Reference Book (unsigned entry)

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

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