About Citing Books
When you're finding books for your research, make note of the author name(s), book title, publication date, publisher, and place of publication.
For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and a specific 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.
In-text Citation (Direct Quotation) - entry that appears in the body of your paper, word for word from a source, and in quotation marks
References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.
Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the APA Handbook (6th ed.).
Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.
- Alphabetize your reference list by the first word of the citation (usually the author's last name).Double space all of the citations on your reference page.
- Indent the second & following lines of the citation 5-7 spaces.
- For 2-6 authors: Wingert, P., Smith, J., & Brown, P.
- For more than 6 authors: Provide only the first author followed by a comma and et al. For example: Wingert, P., et al.
- Capitalize ONLY the first word of the document title and proper nouns. If there is a colon in the title, capitalize the first word after the colon.
- No period after URL for e-books.
- No retrieval date is needed.
How to Cite a Book - APA
The University of Texas at San Antonio produced a this video about the elements of creating a book citation. Check it out!
You will be using various book types when you conduct research. Such types include:
- reference (dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook, etc.)
- government publication
- scripture, classical
Many examples of book citations presented in the APA style can be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Please consult this book or a librarian for help with unusual resources.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Call Number BF 76.7 .P83 2010
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases. However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.
The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.
Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.