Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015     Views: 5340

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.

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

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More Information

The library provides access to resources like video tutorial and web resources that can help you cite books and ebooks in APA style. Please visit our Citing Your Sources guide or explore the resources below for help. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing sources in APA Style.

Video tutorials on APA style including citing sources, formatting papers, and more are available via the Atomic Learning database. Please note: you will be asked to log in using your SNHU email username and password. 

Helpful Web Resources:

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance citing books and ebooks in APA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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