Books

The examples found in the APA section are based on the style guide Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2010 and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th ed., 2012.

Basic format

Use the information found on the title page and the copyright page. Capitalize the first word of the title and the subtitle, as well as any proper nouns. The rest of the title is in lowercase. For place of publication give the name of the city and the state, province or country. Use the abbreviation for the name of the state or province. If 2 or more cities are given, use the location listed first. For the name of the publisher leave out the words Publishers, Co., and Inc.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Book title. Place of publication: Publisher.

Example:

Stroud, N. J. (2011). Niche news: The politics of news choice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Book with an editor

Move the editor’s name into the author position.

Format:

Editor Last Name, Initials. (Ed.). (Year of publication). Book title. Place of publication: Publisher.

Use (Eds.) when there is more than one editor.

Example:

Van Raalte, J. L., & Brewer, B. W. (Eds.). (2002). Exploring sport and exercise psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

Book with an author and a translator

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Book title (Translator’s Initials. Last Name, Trans.). Place of publication: Publisher. (Original work published xxxx).

Add the date of publication of the original work at the end of the citation.

Example:

Brisson, L. (2004). How philosophers saved myths: Allegorical interpretation and classical mythology. (C. Tihanyi, Trans.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. (Original work published 1996).

Note: With a republished work, as in the above example, your in-text citation would include both dates: Brisson (1996/2004).

Chapter or essay in book

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of chapter or essay. In Editor’s Initial. Last Name (Ed.), Book title (pp. xx-xxx). Place of publication: Publisher.

Note: If there is more than one editor use (Eds.). When you list the pages of the essay, place the abbreviation “pp.” before the page numbers.

Example:

Zaatari, Z. (2011). In the belly of the beast: Struggling for nonviolent belonging. In R. Abdulhadi, E. Alsultany, & N. Naber (Eds.), Arab and Arab American feminisms: Gender, violence and belonging (pp. 60-77). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

e-Book

If the book was read on an e-reader, this information is included in square brackets. If your book was accessed through an online portal such as ebrary, Google Books, NetLibrary, etc., leave out the bracketed information. In both cases you need to include the source of the information in the place of the publication information:

  • If there is a DOI, use the appropriate format (see APA List of References).
  • If there is no DOI include the URL (web address) from which you downloaded the e-book, using the format: Retrieved from http://xxxxxxx

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Book title [E-reader version, if applicable]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxx

Examples:

Decker, P. R. (2012). Old fences, new neighbors. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/champlaincollege-ebooks/

Tough, P. (2012). How children succeed: Grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character [Kobo e-reader version]. Retrieved from http://www.kobobooks.com

Encyclopedia or reference work

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of article. In Editor’s Initial. Last Name (Ed.), Book title (Edition, Volume, pp. xx-xxx). Place of publication: Publisher.

Note: When there is no author, place the title in the author position.

Example:

Battin, M. P. (2004). Suicide. In S. G. Post (Ed.), Encyclopedia of bioethics (3rd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 2475-2483). New York, NY: Macmillan-Thomson.

Suicide. (2010). In The new encyclopaedia Britannica: Micropedia (15th ed., Vol. 11, p. 359). Chicago, IL: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

 

Online encyclopedia or reference work

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of article. In Editor’s Initials. Last Name (Ed.), Title of the reference work. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxx

If the publication date is not available use: (n.d.).

Example:

Bhagwati, J. (2008). Protectionism. In D. R. Henderson (Ed.), The concise encyclopedia of economics. Retrieved from http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Protectionism.html

Detecting deception. (2008). In G. Towl, D. P. Farrington, D. Crighton, & G. Hughes (Eds.), Dictionary of forensic psychology. Retrieved from http://credoreference.com/entry/willanfp/detecting_deception

Other Resources

For more examples visit the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.

Guide to formatting in APA style using Word (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).