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APA: Books

Basic guidelines for citations in APA.

In Text Citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue Owl, and their page specifically about citing author/author's names in text.


Basic Book Citation

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. (Year). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher.

Note: Some of the citations below may also include an article or chapter title and editors.

Example Book Citation, One author

   Browne, D.
Goodbye 20th century: A biography of

             Sonic Youth. Da Capo Press.


Example Book Citation, Multiple authors

   Crampton, L., & Rees, D. 
(2003). Rock & roll year by year.          

            DK Pub. in Association with the Rock and Roll

           Hall of Fame and Museum.


Note: You should include surnames and initials for up to 20 authors in the Reference list. 

Example Book Citation, Article or chapter in an edited book


   Waksman, S.
(2006). Black sound, black body: Jimi Hendrix, the

             electric guitar and the meaning of blackness. In A.

             Bennett, B. Shank, & J. Toynbee (Eds.), The popular

             music studies reader (pp. 64-70). Routledge.


Example Book Citation, Electronic Version of a Print Book, eBook


   Prager, M. (2008). Reason 4 power! The comprehensive guide.

         Retrieved from