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How to Cite a Book in APA

Use the following template to cite a book using the APA citation format. We also provide style guides for the MLA and Chicago styles. To have your bibliography or works cited list automatically made for you, check out our free APA citation generator.

Once you’re finished with your citations, we can also help you with creating an APA title page.

Citing a book in APA (print)

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. Publisher City, State: Publisher.

Example:

   Finney, J. (1970). Time and again. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Notes: When citing a book in APA, keep in mind:

  • Capitalize the first letter of the first word of the title and any subtitles, as well as the first letter of any proper nouns.
  • The full title of the book, including any subtitles, should be stated and italicized.

Citing an e-book in APA (digital or online)

E-book is short for “electronic book.” It is a digital version of a book that can be read on a computer, e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.), or other electronic device.

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work [E-Reader Version]. Retrieved from https://xxxx or DOI:xxxx

Example:

   Eggers, D. (2008). The circle [Kindle Version]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/

Citing a book from a database in APA

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. Retrieved from https://xxxx or DOI:xxxx

Example:

   Sayre, Rebecca K., Devercelli, A.E., Neuman, M.J., & Wodon, Q. (2015). Investment in early childhood development: Review of the world bank’s recent experience. DOI: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0403-8

Notes: When citing an online book or e-book in APA, keep in mind:

  • A DOI (digital object identifier) is an assigned number that helps link content to its location on the Internet. It is therefore important, if one is provided, to use it when creating a citation. All DOI numbers begin with a 10 and are separated by a slash.

Citing a single volume book in APA

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. (Vol. #). Publisher.

Example:

   Kemble, John M. (2020). The Saxons in England, Volume 1 (of 2): A history of the English commonwealth till the period of the Norman conquest. (Vol. 1). Gutenberg

Citing a multivolume book in APA

Structure:

  Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. (Vols. #-#). Publisher.

Example:

  Kemble, John M. (2020). The Saxons in England. (Vols. 1-2). Gutenberg.

Citing an audiobook in APA

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. (F.M. Narrator, Narr.) [Audiobook]. Publisher. URL or DOI . Retrieved from https://xxxx or DOI:xxxx

Example:

   Ruiz, D.M. (2005). The Four Agreements. (P. Coyote, Narr.) [Audiobook]. Amber Allen Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/The-Four-Agreements-don-Miguel-Ruiz-audio/dp/B0007OB40E (Original work published 1997)

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