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