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APA Guide-Main Page: Citing a book

Books, Reference Books, and Book Chapters. Helpful Hints.

  • When the author and publisher are the same, use the word Author as the name of the publisher.
  • Alphabetize books with no author or editor by the first significant word in the title. In the in-text citation, use a few words of the title, or the whole title if it is short, in place of an author name.
  • Place information about editions, volume numbers, and page numbers (such as revised edition, volume number, or chapter page range) in parentheses following the title, with the period after the parentheses: (Rev. ed.) or (Vol. xx, pp. xxx-xxx). As with periodicals, for any non-routine information that is important for identification and retrieval, place a description of content inbrackets following the title: [Brochure].
  • For major reference works with a large editorial board, you may list the name of the lead editor, followed by et al.
  • For books or chapters available only online, the electronic retrieval statement takes the place of the publisher location and name ( See example 19-22, 24 in your APA manual).
  • If no publication date is given, use (n.d.) in place of a year.

Basic Book Citation

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. Author's Middle Initial. (Year). Title of book. Location: Publisher.

(Note: Some of the citations below may also include an article or chapter title and editors)

Book Citation, Article or chapter in an edited book

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Book Citation, One author

    Marriner-Tomey, A. (2009). Guide to nursing management and leadership. St Louis, MO: Mosby.

Book Citation, Multiple authors

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Harvey, R.A., Champe, P. C., & Fisher, B. D. (2006). Microbiology. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  


Book Citation, Electronic Version of a Print Book

Prager, M. (2008). Reason 4 power! The comprehensive guide
[Safari Books Online version]. Retrieved from http://0-







Electronic-only book

O'Keefe, E. (n.d.). Egoism & the crisis in Western values. Retrieved from