How to Cite Books in APA

You’re writing a paper for school in APA format and you need to cite a book. Here’s how to do it.

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How to cite a book in APA

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

To cite a book in APA, you will need the following pieces of information:
-The author’s last name and first initials
-The year the book was published
-The title of the book
-The location of the publisher
-The name of the publisher

Here is an example of how you would cite a book in APA:
Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year Published). Title of book. City of Publication: Publisher.

How to format a book citation in APA

Citing a book in APA is easy. Simply use the author’s last name followed by the publication date. If you are referencing more than one book by the same author, just include the publication date for each book. Here is an example:

John Smith (2000) wrote a great book about cited books.

If you are citing more than one book by different authors, include the author’s last name followed by the publication date for each book. Here are some examples:

John Smith (2000) and Jane Doe (2001) both wrote great books about cited books.

Smith, John, and Jane Doe. Cited Books. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

How to reference a book in APA

To reference a book in APA, you will need the following pieces of information:
-The author’s name
-The date of publication
-The title of the book
-The URL of the book’s page on the publisher’s website

Here is an example of how to reference a book in APA:
Author, A. (Year of publication). Title of book. Publisher. Retrieved from URL of book’s page on publisher’s website.

How to in-text cite a book in APA

There are two ways to cite a book in APA format. The first is to include the author’s name in the text of your paper, followed by the publication year in parentheses. For example:

According to Smith (2018), “Citing books in APA style is easy” (p. ix).

Alternatively, you can include the author’s name and year in parentheses at the end of the sentence, like this: “Citing books in APA style is easy (Smith, 2018)”.

How to cite an edited book in APA

To cite an edited book in APA, you will need the following information:
-editor’s name(s)
-year published
-title of the book
-publisher
-location of publisher

You will also need to determine if the book has one or more editors, as this will affect how you cite it. If there is only one editor, you will list their name after the word “In” in your citation. If there are multiple editors, you will list all of their names after the word “In” in your citation, separated by commas. For example:

In J. Smith (Ed.), The best book ever (pp. 56-78). New York, NY: Publisher.

How to cite a translated book in APA

When citing a translated book in APA, include the original publication information as well as the information for the translation. If the author is known, list them first; if not, begin with the title. Include the edition number after the title (in parentheses), followed by a period. The location and name of the publisher come next, followed by a colon and the date of publication. Include “Translated by” after the date, followed by thetranslator’s name (first initial, last name), a period and “&” symbol. Finally, list the location and name of the translated book’s publisher.

How to cite a Kindle book in APA

If you’re citing a Kindle book in APA style, you’ll need to include a little extra information in your citation. Here’s what you’ll need to include:

-The author’s last name, followed by a comma, followed by their first and middle initials.
-The year the book was published, in parentheses.
-The title of the book, in italics. Include any subtitles after a colon.
-The location of the book on your Kindle. This should include the chapter number or page number, if available.
-The URL of the book’s Amazon page.

Here’s an example of how this might look:

LastName, F. M. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book [Kindle location]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/

How to cite an e-book in APA

To cite an e-book in APA, you will need the following pieces of information:
-The author’s name
-The title of the book
-The date the book was published
-The URL of the book’s page on the publisher’s website

Here is an example of how to format an entry for an e-book in APA:

Author last name, First initial. (Year published). Title of book. Retrieved from URL

So, if you were citing J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which was published in 1998 by Scholastic, your entry would look like this:

Rowling, J.K. (1998). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Retrieved from https://www.scholastic.com/harrypotter/books/sorcerersstone.html

How to cite a chapter in a book in APA

When you are writing a paper or doing research, you will likely use resources from other people. When you use someone else’s work in your own, you must give them credit. This is called citing your sources. The APA (American Psychological Association) style is most often used in the social sciences, such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology. To cite a chapter in a book in APA, you will need the following pieces of information:

-The author(s) of the chapter
-The editor(s) of the book
-The title of the chapter
-The title of the book
-The year the chapter was published
-The page range of the chapter

Here is an example of how to cite a chapter from a book in APA:

Authors. (Year). Title of chapter. In E. Editor & E. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. XX-XX). Publisher. DOI:XXXXXXXXXXXX

How to cite a book in APA

There are two ways to cite a book in APA style:

1. Create a reference list entry for the book as a whole.

2. Create a reference list entry for each chapter that you read.

When you create a reference list entry for the book as a whole, include the author(s), year of publication, book title, and publisher. For example:

Dobson, J. ( Ed.). (2012). Research methods in psychology (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

When you create a reference list entry for each chapter that you read, include the author(s) of the chapter, year of publication, chapter title, and editors of the book. For example:

Watson, J., & Rayner, R. (1920). Conditioned emotional reactions. In J. Boring (Ed.), A history of experimental psychology (pp.109-139). New York, NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts

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