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