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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

Mattis, J.S. (2005).  Religion in African American life. In V. McLoyd, N. Hill, & K. Dodge (Eds.). 
African American family life (pp. 189-210). New York: Guilford Press.


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