How Do You Reference A Book In An Essay Apa

General Format 

 

      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (Author Surname [of Chapter or Article], Year)

     

      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Author Surname [of Chapter or Article], Year, page number)

 

      References (Quotation):

      Author Surname [of Chapter or Article], First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Article

            or chapter title. In Editor First Initial. Second Initial. Surname (Ed.), Book title:

            Subtitle (pp. page range of article or chapter). Place of Publication: Publisher.

  

Example

 

      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

      (Lawrence & Dodds, 2003)

 

      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Lawrence & Dodds, 2003, p. 526)

 

      References:

      Lawrence, J. A., &  Dodds, A. E. (2003). Goal-directed activities and life-span

            development. In J. Valsiner & K. Connolly (Eds.), Handbook of developmental

            psychology (pp. 517-533). London, England: Sage Publications.

APA: Book

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How to Cite a Book in Print in APA

Structure:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. City, State: Publisher.

Examples:

James, H. (1937). The ambassadors. New York, NY: Scribner.

Rowling, J.K. (2001). Harry Potter and the socerer's stone. London: Bloomsburg Children's.

How to Cite a Book Online in APA

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. Retrieved from URL

Examples:

James, H. (2009). The ambassadors. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

Porter, R. (1994). London, a social history. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

How to Cite a Book From a Database in APA

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. Retrieved from URL

Examples:

Morem, S. (2005). 101 tips for graduates. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Bloom, H. (1986). American women poets. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Make sure to:

  • Add doi (Digital Object Identifier) if it is available after at the end of the citation instead of URL.
  • If you used an e-reader, you should still include the URL that you retrieved the book from, for example, www.amazon.com.
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