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APA Style Resource Center (6th EDITION): Books

APA style of documenting and citing sources for college research, plus more.

Citing Books

Basic Format

Author, LastName. (Year).  Title of book. City, StateAbbreviation: Publisher.


Type of book In text Reference page
Print book (Ravitch, 2013).

Ravitch, D. (2013). Reign of error: the hoax of the privatization movement and the danger to America’s public schools. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Chapter of print book (with a chapter author) (Winters, 2012).

Winters, M. (2012). More charter schools should be opened. In M. Haerens & L. M. Zott (Eds.), Charter schools (pp. 169–179). Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press.

Book with different editions (many textbooks) (Larson & Edwards, 2014).

Larson, R., & Edwards, B. H. (2014). Calculus (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

Reference book entry (organization/corporate author) (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Anxiety disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. (5th ed., pp. 189-233). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.

eBook version of a print book (Thulesius, 1997).

Thulesius, O. (1997). Edison in Florida: The green laboratory [PDF version]. Retrieved from