How to cite a book in APA
For a regular book citation in APA style you need the name of the author, year of publication, title of the book and the location and name of the publisher. This information can be found in the first few pages of the book.
How to cite a book in APA
|Format||AuthorLastName, FirstInitial. (Year of publication). Title of book (edition). Place of publication: Publisher.|
|Reference list||Porter, M. (1998). Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (1st ed.). New York, NY: Free Press.|
Edition: Note that the edition is included in the above example. If you do not need to include this information, simply omit this part from the citation.
Unknown author: In the rare case that you do not know the name of the author, include the editor’s name in the citation instead. Indicate the person is the editor by adding the abbreviation “(Ed.)” or, when there are multiple editors, “(Eds.)” before the year of publication. E.g. Porter, M. (Ed.) (1998).
Place of publication: The ideal is to include the city and state (abbreviation) in which the book was published. If the book does not list the city, be as specific as possible.
Citing a book chapter in APA
You should use the format for citing an essay or chapter in an edited book when you used only a specific section of the book.
The editor(s) is also acknowledged as it was he or she who was responsible for the book as a whole.
|Format||AuthorLastName, FirstInitial. (Year of publication). Title of chapter/article. In EditorFirst Initial. EditorSurname (Ed.), Title of book (pp. Pages of chapter/article). Place of publication: Publisher.|
|Reference list||Burrows, J. F. (1997). Style. In E. Copeland & J. McMaster (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen (pp. 170–188). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.|
E-book citation APA
When you need to include an e-book in your reference list, you must tell the reader where they can find the book. You do this by adding “Retrieved from: URL” or, if you need to purchase the book in order to view it, “Available from: URL.”
|Format||AuthorLastName, FirstInitial. (Year of publication). Title of book (edition). [E-book type], Place of publication: Publisher. Retrieved/available from: URL|
|Reference list||Garcia, O. (2015). Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective. [EPub], Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Available from: https://www.amazon.com/Bilingual-Education-21st-Century-Perspective/dp/1405119942|
|Format||AuthorLastName, FirstInitial. (Year of publication). Title of book (TranslatorFirstInitial. TranslatorLastName, Trans.). Place of publication: Publisher. (Original work published Year of original publication)|
|Reference list||Piaget, J., & Inhelder, B. (1969). The psychology of the child (H. Weaver, Trans.). New York, NY: Basic Books.|
Page numbers in APA book citation
When using specific information or quotes from one section of a book, APA citations should include the page number from where the information or quote was taken. If you are referencing a work as a whole, you do not need to include the page number.
Formats for page numbers:
- Referencing information from one page: p.( Page number). E.g. (de Beauvoir, 1949, p. 43)
- Referencing a range of pages: pp. (Page number–page number) E.g. (Copeland & McMaster, 1997, pp. 170–188)