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Citing in APA Format: Books / E-books/Chapters

This guide will assist you in citing electronic and print resources. Each tab will indicate the type of resource and how to cite.




Author. (Publication Date). Title of Book. [Ebook version, if applicable]. Available/Retrieved from URL

General ebook example:


E-book examples:

Entire book from an online library

Worell, J., & Goodheart, C.D. (2006). Handbook of girls and women's psychological health. Retrieved from

Provide the homepage of the online library -- Google Books, Ebrary, Netlibrary, etc., rather than the full URL. Books are easily available by search and some sites require log-in credentials.

E-book available via direct link

Martin, B. (1998). Information liberation. Retrieved from

E-book from E-book readers

Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The story of success [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from


In-text citation: When a page number is not available, use chapter/section/paragraph number instead.  For example:

One of the author’s main points is that “people don’t rise from nothing” (Gladwell, 2008, Chapter 1, Section  para 5)



Basic Format for Print Books

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Note: For "Location," you should always list the city and the state using the two letter postal abbreviation without periods (New York, NY).

Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication.

            Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Edited Book, No Author

Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor.

         New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Edited Book with an Author or Authors

Plath, S. (2000). The unabridged journals. K. V. Kukil (Ed.). New York, NY: Anchor.

A Translation

Laplace, P. S. (1951). A philosophical essay on probabilities. (F. W. Truscott & F. L. Emory, Trans.).

        New York, NY: Dover. (Original work published 1814)

Note: When you cite a republished work, like the one above, in your text, it should appear with both dates: Laplace (1814/1951).

Edition Other Than the First

Helfer, M. E., Kempe, R. S., & Krugman, R. D. (1997). The battered child (5th ed.).

          Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.


APA Publication Manual, 6th ed.



Chapter in an Edited Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

Note: When you list the pages of the chapter or essay in parentheses after the book title, use "pp." before the numbers: (pp. 1-21). This abbreviation, however, does not appear before the page numbers in periodical references, except for newspapers.

Example - Print:

O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and

           transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.

Example - Electronic:

Godfrey, K. (2006). The 'development origins' hypothesis: Epidemiology. In P. Gluckman & M. Hanson (Eds.), Developmental

          origins of health and disease (pp 6-32).


Chapter in a Multivolume Work

Example - Print

Wiener, P. (Ed.). (1973). Dictionary of the history of ideas (Vols. 1-4). New York, NY: Scribner's.

Example - Electronic

Strong, E. K., Jr., & Uhrbrock, R. S. (1923). Bibliography on job analysis. In L. Outhwaite (Series Ed.), Personnel Research Series:

           Vol. 1. Job analysis and the curriculum (pp. 140-146). Http://

  • If the content has been assigned a DOI, give the DOI in the reference. No URL or database name is needed.
  • In regularly published series with subtitles that change regularly, teh series title is uppercase and the subtitle lowercase.
  • Distinguish series editors and volume editors by including their role in parentheses-- for example, (Vol. Ed.) and (Series Ed.).

APA Publication Manual, 6th ed.

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