How to Cite Books in APA

Citations for books have four main parts: author, date, title, and publication information (place of publication and publisher). Each part ends in a period followed by a space.

Book by one author

  • Welty, E. (1994). One Writer's Beginnings. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Books with two or more authors

  • Leghorn, L., & Parker, K. (1981). Woman's Worth. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

One selection from an edited book

Provide full reference information for each selection cited from a collection, using In to show the larger work from which the selection is taken. (The abbreviation for one editor is Ed.)

  • Kingston, M. H. (1985). No Name Woman. In S. Gilbert & S. Gubar (Eds.), The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, (pp 12-15). New York: W. W. Norton.

Unknown author

Begin with the title. Alphabetize the entry by the first word of the title other than a, an , or the.

  • The Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed.). (1993). Chicago:University of Chicago Press.

The information written on this page has been excerpted from the handbook:
Troyaka, L. Q. (1998).
Quick Access: Reference for Writers. (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, Prentice Hall.
American Psychological Association. (2001).
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Updated January 28, 2005 by Renee Brown