Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017     Views: 7129

Book by a Single Author

The basic format for citing a book in APA style is:

Author, A. (Year of publication). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher.

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Chitty, D. (2008). Are lemmings mythical creatures: Beautiful hypotheses and ugly facts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Book by Two Authors

The basic format for citing a book with two or more authors in APA style is:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Rosellini, G., & Worden, M. (2010). Of course you're angry: A guide to dealing with the emotions of
substance abuse. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

Click here for information about citing books with three or more authors.

Electronic Book (eBook)

The basic format for citing an ebook that is ONLY available in electronic form in APA style is:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book. doi: 10.xxxxxxxxxx

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Smith, J. J. (2010). A prophet's tale. doi: 10.10.36/007142363X

The basic format for citing an ebook that is BOTH available in electronic form and in print form in APA style is:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book. Retrieval statement with home URL of the ebook publisher or doi:       10.xxxxxxxxxx

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Smith, J. J. (2010). A prophet's tale. Retrieved from http://lib.myilibrary/com

Smith, J. J. (2010). A prophet's tale. doi: 10.10.36/007142363X

Click here for more examples of citing books and ebooks in APA style.

More Information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for additional information about citing sources in APA Style.

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This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a book or ebook in your class assignments and projects.

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