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APA Citation Style: Books

This guide provides information on the 7th edition of APA Citation Style as used at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Print Books

  Template Example
In-text citation (for a paraphrase) (Author Surname, year of publication) (McKay, 2012)
In-text citation (for a direct quotation) (Author Surname, year of publication, page number you took the quote from) (McKay, 2012, p. 25)
Reference list entry Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year of publication). Book title: Subtitle (edition if there is one)Publisher.

McKay, G. (2012). Employment law for business and human resources professionals: Alberta and British Columbia (2nd ed.). Emond Montgomery.

Electronic Books (e-books)

  Template Example
In-text citation (for a paraphrase) (Author Surname, year of publication) (Blythe, 2009)
In-text citation (for a direct quotation) (Author Surname, year of publication, page number you took the quote from) (Blythe, 2009, p. 181)
Reference list entry

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year of publication). Book title: Subtitle  (edition if there is one). Publisher. DOI if available.

Blythe, J. (2009). Key concepts in marketing. SAGE. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446221617

Chapter in an Edited Print or Electronic Book (e-book)

  Template Example
In-text citation (for a paraphrase) (Authors Surname, year of publication) (Sivieri & Bhutani, 2012)
In-text citation (for a direct quotation) (Author Surname, year of publication, page number you took the quote from) (Sivieri & Bhutani, 2012, p. 65)
Reference list entry

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor, F. F. Editor, & G.G. Editor (Eds.), Title of book: Subtitle (edition if there is one, pp. pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI if available.

Sivieri, E. M., & Bhutani, V. K. (2012). Pulmonary mechanics. In S. M. Donn, & S. K. Sinha (Eds.), Manual of neonatal respiratory care (3rd ed., pp. 61-72). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-2155-9

What if. . .

Scenario Solution In-text citation example Reference list entry example
Two authors

In-text: List both authors.

Reference list: List both authors.

(Ross & Masterson, 2010) Ross, L. T., & Masterson, J. W. (2010). Robotics: Theory and industrial applications (2nd ed.). Goodheart-Willcox Company.
Three to twenty authors

In-text: List the first author and then et al.

Reference list: List all of the authors, up to and including a maximum of 20 authors.

(Ross et al., 2018)

Ross, L. T., Fardo, S. W., & Walach, M. F. (2018). Industrial robotics fundamentals: Theory and applications (3rd ed). Goodheart-Willcox Company.

An organization, government agency, or company is the author

In-text: List the full name of the organization, government agency, or company as the author.

Reference list: List the full name of the organization, government agency, or company as the author.

(World Health Organization, 2003) World Health Organization. (2003). Manual of basic techniques for a health laboratory. World Health Organization.
The book doesn't have an edition

In-text: No change from standard template.

Reference list: 

For a whole book: Exclude the edition information in brackets after the title.

For a chapter in an edited book: Exclude the edition information in brackets before the chapter page range.

(Peterson, 2009)

 


(Khieu & Moh, 2020)

Peterson, J. (2009). Baking: 300 recipes, 2000 photographs, one baking education. Ten Speed Press.


Khieu, B. T., & Moh, M. (2020). Neural network applications in hate speech detection. In S. Sumathi, & M. Janani (Eds.), Neural networks for natural language processing (pp. 188-204). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-1159-6

No DOI for an electronic book (e-book)

In-text: No change from standard template.

Reference list: End the entry after the publisher's name. Your reference list entry will look the same as one for a print book.

(Ross & Masterson, 2010) Ross, L. T., & Masterson, J. W. (2010). Robotics: Theory and industrial applications. Goodheart-Willcox Company.

Is your scenario not covered in this table? Try consulting the official APA Style Blog's detailed information about elements of reference list entries and missing reference information or ask your liaison for help.

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