Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016 Views: 1940
Like any in-text citation, a book citation in the text would include the author's surname, year of publication, and occasionally a page number. See How do I cite in my text?.
To create a reference entry for a book in an APA reference list, however, you'll want to include the author’s last name and first initial, the year of publication, the title of the book in italics, the location, and the publication information.
A few tips to remember:
- If there is no specific author, use the authoring organization in place of the author’s name.
- If the editor is also the author, you will include (Ed.) after the name in the reference entry.
- For e-books, rather than the publication information, simply include the URL or the DOI number.
|Type of Source||Template*||Example*|
|Book||Author's last name, First initial. (Year). Title of the book. City, Location: Publisher.||Grammer, R. (2013). A grammar guide by Grammer. Minneapolis, MN: Walden Publishing.|
|Book with organization as author||Authoring organization's name. (Year). Title of the book. City, Location: Publisher||Department of the Press Secretary for Amazing Students. (2013). Open the door to success with APA. New York, NY: Publishing Publishers.|
|Book with editor as author||Editor's last name, First initial. (Ed.). (Year). Title of the book. City, Location: Publisher.||Coyote, W. E. (Ed.). (2013). Catching the breeze: Tales of epic failure. London, England: Cartoon Press.|
|E-book with URL||Author's last name, First initial. (Year). Title of the book. Retrieved from http://www.urlofthebook||Hood, L. R. R., & Little, P. G. (2013). I'm not crying wolf this time! Retrieved from http://www.fairytalesonline.com|
|E-book with doi||Author's last name, First initial. (Year). Title of the book. doi:xxxxxxxx||Kool, I. M. (2013). Loving APA through graduate school. doi:10.543w20.x032|
*Of course, you will want to insert a hanging indent for each reference entry. See the Academic Skills Center's Microsoft Word tutorials for APA formatting to learn how to create a hanging indent.
- There are many other types of sources you may need to cite. View other tips on creating reference lists to get started.
- Learn more about the Writing Center's self-paced APA citations and references modules.
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