APA Reference List Citation Examples
Creating APA citations for print and ebooks is simple once you understand the format. APA uses the author-date system, which means the author’s last name, first initial and the date of publication are the most important elements of the citation.
Citing Print Books in APA
BOOK (PRINT) One author
Author, A.A. (2001). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Last Name of author, Initial first name, Initial middle name (if available). (Year of publication). Book
title. Location: Publisher.
Note: Title of book is in italics with first word capitalized only.
Subtitles: Format the book title like this: Book title: Subtitle of this book.
Hindman, M. (2008). The myth of digital democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
BOOK (PRINT) 2 or more authors (up to and including 7 authors)
Author, A.A., & Author, B.B. (2000). Book title. Location: Publisher.
Author, A.A., Author, B.B., Author, C.C. & Author, D.D. (2000). Book title. Location: Publisher.
Lester, J., & Koehler, W. C. (2003). Fundamentals of information studies: Understanding information
and its environment. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.
BOOK (PRINT) 8 or more authors
Include the first 6 authors’ names, insert three ellipsis points, then last author
Author, A.A., Author, B.B., Author, C.C., Author, D.D., Author, E.E., Author, F.F.,…Author, K.K. (2001)
Book title. Location: Publisher.
Note: before ellipsis points make sure you put a period after the last initial, then a comma, then three ellipsis points.
Author, F.F.,…Author, K.K. (2001).
Beetle, F.H., Choi, M.J., Bard, L.L., Harland, A.A., Stanley, J.A., Tipman, S.T.,…Rubin, L.H. (2017). Technical
documentation for software engineers. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.
EDITED BOOKS (PRINT)
Editor, A.A. (Ed.). (2002). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Location: Publisher.
Brown, J.A. (Ed.). (2010). How to buy a house: A real estate guide, Los Angeles, CA: Smith & Brown.
EDITED BOOKS (PRINT) 2 or more editors
Editor, A.A. & Editor, B.B. (Eds.). (2002). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Location: Publisher.
Brooks-Gunn, J. & Duncan, R.F. (Eds.). (2018). Gender Studies for men. Washington, DC: American
CHAPTER IN EDITED BOOK
Author, A.A. (2002). Title of Chapter. In A.A. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx-xx). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor
(Eds.), Title of book (pp. xx-xx). Location: Publisher.
Haybron, D.M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R.J. Larsen
(Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17-43). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Editor, A. (Ed.). (2006). Title of volumes (Vols. x-x). Location: Publisher.
Editor, A. & Editor, B. (Eds.), Title of volumes. (Vols. X-x). Location: Publisher.
Thomson, A. W. & Lotze, M.T. (Eds.). (2003). The cytokine handbook (Vols. 1-2). Cambridge, MA:
E-BOOKS (Kindle, Nook, etc.)
Author, A. A. (Date). Work title [e-book name and version]. Retrieved from downloadsite.com
Keynes, R. (2017). Fossils, finches and fuegians: Charles Darwin’s adventures and discoveries on the
Beagle [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com
Note: Instead of using the publisher information, you’ll use the download site or the DOI.
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