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Book Citations

Some of the most common cited book formats are listed below. For more detailed examples consult the APA Manual, 6th edition.

For an entire book, use the following format:

Author, A. A. (1967). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

NOTE: Be sure to include the state (two-letter postal abbreviation) or country (spelled out) following the city in the citation. You must include this even if the city is well known; this is a new requirement in the 6th edition (see section 6.30).

Single author:

Solso, R. L. (2003). The psychology of art and the evolution of the conscious brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Multiple authors:

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2003). The craft of research (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Electronic Book/E-Book

Thorne, K. (2007). Essential creativity in the classroom: Inspiring kids. Retrieved from

Book Chapter from Electronic Book

Byrne, A. (2004). What phenomenal consciousness is like. In R.C. Gennaro (Ed.), Higher-order theories of consciousness: An anthology (pp. 203-225). Retrieved from

Book Chapter in Print Book

Byrne, A. (2004). What phenomenal consciousness in like. In R.C. Gennaro (Ed.), Higher-order theories of consciousness: An anthology (pp.203-225). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing.


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Entry in a Reference Work with No Author

Azimuthal Equidistant Projection. (2003). In Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (11th ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc.