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APA Guide 6th ed.

Citing a Book

Print Book With Author, 1st Edition or Edition Not Listed

Format: Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book in italics. City of publication, State: Publisher.

Example: Simpson, N., & Hancock, P. (2013). Practical operations management. Naperville, IL: Hercher Publishing.


Print Book With Edition other Than 1st

Format: Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book in italics (Edition ed.). City of publication, State: Publisher.

Example: Audi, R. (2015). The Cambidge dictionary of philosophy (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.


Print Book With an Editor Instead of an Author

Format: Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (Year). Title of book in italics (Edition ed). City of publication, State: Publisher.

Example: Dieterle, D. A., & Simmons, K. C. (Ed.). (2014). Government and the economy. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.


eBook Retrieved from a Database or Website

FormatAuthor, A. A. (Year). Title of book in italics. Retrieved from http://url_of_publisher_home_page

Example: Ronell, A. (2010). The test drive. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/ju-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3414265

 

Helpful Information

Author / Editor:

  • If no author given, move the title to author position and alphabetize entry by title.

Publisher:

  • Omit unessential words such as Publishers, Co., or Inc. Keep the words Books and Press; if name of the state or province is included in the name of University publisher, do not also include it in location information.

Date:

  • If no date is given, use (n.d.).

Location:

  • Include city and state. For cities outside the US, include the city and country.

Page Numbers:

  • Precede page numbers with p. or pp. (depending on whether it's one page or multiple pages).

Formatting:

  • Double space entries. If an entry runs more than one line, use a hanging indent to indent any additional lines beyond the first.
  • Capitalize proper nouns and the first words of title and subtitle.
  • If what you are citing is not listed in APA manual, choose the example in the manual most like your source.