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APA Citation: Books

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Information Needed

  • author(s)
  • year
  • title of work (italicized)
  • location
  • publisher

Book Examples


Book with No Author


Primary colors: A novel of politics. (1996). New York, NY: Random House.


Book with One Author/Editor



Barth, R. S. (2001). Learning by heart. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kelin, K. G. (Ed.). (1994). Great women mystery writers: Classic to contemporary. Westport, CT:      Greenwood Press.



Book with Two Authors/Editors




Landre, R., & Porter, D. (1997). Gangs: A handbook for community awareness. New York, NY:      Facts on File.

Killam, D., & Rowe, R. (Eds.). (2000). The companion to African literatures. Bloomington, IN:      Indiana University Press.                    



Book with Three to Seven Authors/Editors


Winakor, G., Farrell-Beck, J., & Payne, B. (1992). The history of costume: From ancient      Mesopotamia through the twentieth century. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Multivolume Work



Baym, N. (Ed.). (2003). The Norton anthology of American literature (Vols. 1-5). New York, NY:      Norton.


Edition Other Than First


Franks, F. (2000). Water: A matrix of life (2nd ed.). Cambridge, England: Royal Society of      Chemistry.



Article in a Reference Book



Allen, A. L. (2004). Privacy in health care. In S. G. Post (Ed.), Encyclopedia of bioethics (pp.      111-122). New York, NY: Macmillan-Thomson.



Translation of Works



Martin, M. N. (1951). A return to love. (P. Hopkins & F. E. Klein, Trans.). New York, NY: Dover.      (Original work published 1914)

*In text citation should appear with both dates: (Martin, 1914/1951).


Chapter in an Edited Book

Haybron, D.M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen      (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17-43). New York, NY: Guilford Press.