Textbook Apa Bibliography

APA: Book

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How to Cite a Book in Print in APA

Structure:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. City, State: Publisher.

Examples:

James, H. (1937). The ambassadors. New York, NY: Scribner.

Rowling, J.K. (2001). Harry Potter and the socerer's stone. London: Bloomsburg Children's.

How to Cite a Book Online in APA

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. Retrieved from URL

Examples:

James, H. (2009). The ambassadors. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

Porter, R. (1994). London, a social history. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

How to Cite a Book From a Database in APA

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. Retrieved from URL

Examples:

Morem, S. (2005). 101 tips for graduates. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Bloom, H. (1986). American women poets. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Make sure to:

  • Add doi (Digital Object Identifier) if it is available after at the end of the citation instead of URL.
  • If you used an e-reader, you should still include the URL that you retrieved the book from, for example, www.amazon.com.
View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Book in APA format.

 by Chelsea Lee

After slogging through a 500-page tome, you may find but one or two shiny little facts relevant to your research. It might seem like going overboard to cite the entire book when you used just a paragraph or a chapter . . . so what to cite, then, the chapter or the book? 

The type of reference needed depends on who wrote what. Essentially, you should cite the largest entity that the author in question is responsible for.

Book References

If the author wrote the entire book, then provide a reference for the whole book. Here are templates for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (print or electronic), respectively:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work [E-reader version, if applicable]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work [E-reader version, if applicable]. doi:xxxxx

Book Chapter References

On the other hand, if the chapter comes from a book where each chapter is written by different authors (and the whole thing is put together by an editor), then provide a separate reference for each chapter that you used. The templates for chapters in edited books are shown below, for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (either print or electronic), respectively:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). doi:xxxxx

Here information on both the whole book and the chapter is provided. This allows the reader to retrieve the book and to know who is responsible for both the whole book and the chapter in question. If there are no page numbers in the electronic book, omit that portion of the reference. 

Other Notes

If you read an e-book on an e-reader, such as a Kindle, Sony Reader, or Nook, provide the version that you read (e.g., Kindle DX version) in square brackets following the title, not italicized, as shown in the examples above. 

To help your reader find the cited material, you can provide additional detail (page numbers, chapter numbers, etc.) in the text reference. Always give specific location information (generally, page numbers; here's what to do when there are no page numbers) for direct quotations; it is optional for paraphrasing and other mentions. 

More information and real-life examples are provided in the sixth edition APA Publication Manual, section 7.02 (pp. 202–205).

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