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APA 6: Books

Tips and information on using APA formatting and styling on your research

Information Needed

  • Author(s)
  • Year
  • Title of work (italicized)
  • Location (City, State)
  • Publisher


General Format of Book Citation

Author, A. A. (year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location (city and state, i.e., Pasadena, CA): Publisher.

Book Reference Citation Examples

Book with One Author

Jacob, H. E. (1944). Six thousand years of bread. New York, NY: Doubleday.

Book with One Editor

Paikoff, R. L. (Ed.). (2018). Shared views in the family during adolescence. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Book with Two Authors

Hay, P., & Mitchison, D. (2019). Eating disorders and obesity: The challenge for our times. New York, NY: Multidisciplinary Digital

            Publishing Institute.

Book with Two Editors

Lerman, H., & Urrutia Porter, N. (Eds.). (2018). Feminist ethics in psychotherapy. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Chapter in an Edited Book

Lawrence, J. A., & Dodds, A. E. (2003). Goal-directed activities and life-span development. In J. Valsiner & K. Connolly (Eds.),

            Handbook of developmental psychology (pp. 517-533). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

eBook with DOI

Richardson, K. (2018). Challenging sociality: An anthropology of robots, autism, and attachment.

eBook without a DOI

Williams, P. (2018). Aggression: From fantasy to action. [E-reader version, if applicable].

Retrieved from

Edition Other Than the First

Alanen, Y. O. (2018). Schizophrenia: Its origins and need-adapted treatment (2nd ed.)Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis.