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Cite in APA Style: Books

A brief guide for the latest edition of APA.

Books in APA 6th


Type of Source: Format and General Example:

Book with one author

Author’s name. (Year published). Title. City of  publication: publisher.


McCarthy, C. (2006).  The road.  New York: Vintage Books.

Book with two authors

Authors’ names. (Year published). Title. City of publication:publisher.


Wallace, R. & Wallace, W. (1985). Sociology.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Books with three or more authors

Authors’ names. (Year published). Title. City of publication: publisher.


Schwartz, D., Ryan, S., & Wostbrock, F. (1995). The encyclopedia of TV game shows. New York: Facts on File.


Note: When there are seven or more authors, use the first 6 names, then add 3 elipses and use the last author's name. 

Electronic Books

Author’s name. (Year of publication). Title. Web address.


Lal. H. (2008). Organizational excellence through total quality management. Retrieved from




Author’s name. (Year of publication). Title of article. Title of encyclopedia. (Volumber number, page numbers). Publication city: publisher.


Lumiansky, R. M. (1998).  Chaucer.  In The new encyclopaedia Britannica (Vol. 15, pp.745-748). Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Anthology or Compilation

Editor’s/Compiler’s name. (Year of publication). Title. City of publication: publisher.


Gibbs, J. T., & Huang, L. N. (Eds.). (1991). Children of color: Psychological interventions with minority youth. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Work in an anthology/essay in a book

Essay author’s name. (Year of publication). Essay title. Anthology editors’ names, Anthology/Book title (essay page numbers). City of publication: Publisher.


Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechanism in human memory. In H. L. Roediger III, & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness (pp. 309-330). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Work in a Coursepack

Work author’s name. (Year of publication). Work title. Coursepack editor’s name, Coursepack title (page numbers of work). City of publication: Publisher. (Reprint information, if necessary).


Goleman, D. (2009). What makes a leader? In D. Demers (Ed.), AHSC 230: Interpersonal communication and relationships (pp. 47-56). Montreal, Canada: Concordia University Bookstore. (Reprinted from Harvard business review, 76(6), 93-102, 1998).


Book by a corporate author

Corporation name. (Year of publication). Title. City of publication: Publisher.


American Psychological Association. (1972). Ethical standards of psychologists. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.