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APA Citation Style: Books

This guide provides information on the 6th edition of the APA citation style as used at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

E-Book

General Format

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle [Version]. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxx OR Retrieved from URL of the home page of the e-book provider.

Example

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Ochs, 2004, p. 55)

References:

Ochs, S. (2004). A history of nerve functions: From animal spirits to molecular mechanisms [ebrary Reader version]. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com/corp/

Print Book

General Format

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Example

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Franks, 2005, p. 148)

References:

Franks, A. (2005). Margaret Sanger's eugenic legacy: The control of female fertility. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Chapter in an Edited Book

General Format

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. (Year). Title of chapter. In Editor First Initial, Surname, Editor First Initial, Surname, & Editor First Initial, Surname (Eds.), Book title: Subtitle (Page range). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Example

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Stewart, 2007, p. 102)

References:

Stewart, B. (2007). Wag of the tail: Reflecting on pet ownership. In J.Jaimeson, T. Bannerman, & S. Wong (Eds.), Enriching our lives with animals (pp. 97-105). Toronto, ON: Petlove Press.

Government Publication

APA Citation Style does not have a separate category for government publications.  According to APA, government documents can be considered Books, Technical/Research Reports or Brochures.

General Format

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Author Surname OR Name of Government Organization, Year, page number)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title: Subtitle (Report No. xxx [if available]). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Examples

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Edwards, Sims-Jones, Hotz, & Cushman, 1997, p. 2)

References:

Edwards, N., Sims-Jones, N., Hotz, S., & Cushman, R. (1997). Development and testing components of a multifaceted intervention program to reduce the incidence of smoking relapse during pregnancy and post-partum of both women and their partners. Report prepared for Health Canada at the Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa, Canada.

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Ontario Ministry of Health, 1994, p. 7)

References:

Ontario Ministry of Health. (1994). Selected findings from the mental health supplement of the Ontario Health Survey. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario.


Tips:

  • If no person is named as an author, use the government agency, department, or branch as a group author. Give the name of the group author exactly as it appears on the title page. If the branch or agency is not well known, include its higher department first.
  • If the group author is also the publisher, simply use the word Author after the location, rather than repeating the name of the government agency.
  • If there is a series or report number, include it after the title.
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