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APA: Books

About Citing Books

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.  For more tips on paraphrasing check out The Owl at Purdue.

In-Text Citation (Quotation) - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote.

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the APA Manual (6th ed.).

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

Situations this Section Covers

This section will cover the following examples:

  • Book with One Author or Editor
  • Book with Two Authors or Editors
  • Book with Three to Five Authors or Editors
  • Book with Six or More Authors
  • Article or Chapter in an Edited Book
  • Article in a Reference Book
  • Book with no Author
  • E-Book
  • Edition of a Book other than the First
  • A Translation
  • Government Publication

For more examples and information, consult the APA Manual (6th ed.).

Using Microsoft Word

Citations and references lists can be created using Word 2007.  It's important to check your work when using this tool or web-based citation generators.