APA Reference List: Citing Books In APA Style With Example


Learn how to cite books at the APA Reference list page in few mins by going through this guide step by step with examples.

How To Cite Books At APA Reference List Page

  • General APA Citation Style for Books

Author last name and Initials. (date of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher.

N/B: For APA Citation Style for Books always “Place of publication,”  indicate the city and the state/country, and use the two letter postal abbreviation excluding periods (New York, NY).

Howard, R. B., &Gardiolla, W. R. (2010).APA referencing guide for students. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Edited Book without an Author

Warren, G. K., & Booker, H. (Eds.).(2007). Poverty and Crime. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

  • Edited Book with an Author/s

Grombs, W. (2010).The unedited journals.G. M. Moon (Ed.). New York, NY: Anchor.

  • Translation work

Green, E. U. (2011). A narrative  essay on modern education. (T. W. Abcott&K. L. Emerson, Trans.). New York, NY: Sage. (Original work published 1974)

N/B: When citing a work that has been republished such the one indicated above, in the APA in-text it ought to have both dates: Green (1974/2011).

  • Edition that’s not the First

Chamberlin, R. O., &Freeman, R. E. (2007).The lostgeneration (5th ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

  •  Chapter or Article in an Edited Book

Author, X. X., & Author, Y. Y. (Year published). Title of chapter. In C. C. Editor &D. D. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Place of publication: Publisher.

 N/B: Supposing you include the page numbers of the chapter in parentheses following the book title, write “pp” prior to the numbers: (pp. 3-13). However, this format is not applicable for page numbers of periodical references, unless its newspapers.

Truman J. Y., &Warren, M. (2012).The changing gender roles: Animage for transition, and revolution. In V. N. White (Ed.), Contemporary gender matters (pp. 118-162). New York, NY: Springer.

  • Multi-volume Work

Thatcher, M. (Ed.). (2003). Dictionary political tricks (Vols. 1-9). New York, NY: Scribner’s.

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