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APA Format (6th Edition): Books

Print Books

Basic Format:

The author's name appears as last name, first initial. The basic form for a book citation is:

Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year of  Publication). Title of book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

 

Example:

Koryta, M. (2010). So cold the river. New York, NY: Little Brown and Company.

 

 

Book with More then One Author:
If a book has more then one author, list all authors' names in last name, first initial format.

Lastname, Firstinitial, Lastname, Firstinitial, & Lastname, Firstinitial.  (Year of  Publication). Title of book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

 

Example:

Patterson, J., Smith, J., & Paetro, M. (2008). 7th Heaven. New York, NY: Little Brown and Company.

 

Book with No Author:

List by title of the book first instead of the author's name. Then the publication date, the location of publication, and publisher.
Title of book. (Date of Publication). Place of Publication: Publisher. 

 

An Edition of a Book:

Use the basic citation format for a book and add the number of the edition after the title.

Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year of  Publication). Title of book. (Edition). Place of Publication: Publisher.

 

Information was obtained from the Documenting Sources in APA Style: 2010 Update. If you need additional informaiton, please visit that site. The examples were created for this LibGuide.

Electronic Books

1. Author.

2. Date of publication (in parenthesis).

3. Title (in italics). Capitalize only the first letter of the first word of a title and subtitle, the first word after a colon or a dash in the title, and proper nouns.
 
4. Place of publication: publisher.
 
5. Name of e-book database. If you read the book online, list the URL where you found the book.
 

Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year of Publication). Title. Place of publication: Publisher. Retrieved from book URL. 

 

Example:
Solie, R. A. (2004). Music in Other Words: Victorian Conversations. Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved from https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e900xww&AN=108560&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Parts of a Book

A Chapter in a Book or a Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection

Examples of these works may include an essay/short story/poem in an edited collection or a chapter of a book.

The basic formmat is:

Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year). Title of essay or chapter In Editor's Name(s) (Eds.), Title of book (pp. Pages). Place of Publication: Publisher.  

If all of the works in the collection or all the chapters in the book have the same author, then there will be no editor information.

Some examples:

Harris, M. (2000). Talk to me: Engaging reluctant writers. In Ben Rafoth (Ed.), A tutor's guide: Helping writers one to one (pp. 24-34). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Swanson, G. (1998). Graphic design education as a liberal art: Design and knowledge in the university and the 'real world'. In Steven Heller (Ed.), The education of a graphic designer (pp. 13-24). New York, NY: Allworth Press

Whitman, W. (1991). I sing the body electric In Selected poems (12-19). New York, NY: Dover.

 

 

(This information was obtained from The Little Seagull Handbook. )

Citing Articles from Library Databases

Print a copy of the citation format for articles found in online databases.

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