How to Cite a Book in APA format

A quick guide on how to cite a book in APA

The following APA Guide will provide APA citation format examples and suggestions for how to cite a book in APA. These suggestions and examples are consistent with the APA 6th edition manual. CitationMachine can also cite a book in APA Style for you automatically.

How to cite a print book in APA

APA format example
To cite a book with one author:

Author Last name, F.I. (Year Published). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

APA format example:

Dickens, C. (1942). Great Expectations. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead.

How to cite an E-book (electronic) in APA

APA format structure:

Author Last Name, F.I. (Year Published). Title of work [E­reader Version]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx or doi:xxxxx

APA format example:

Auster, P. (2007). The Brooklyn follies [Nook version]. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

How to cite a book with two or more authors in APA

When citing a book with two or more authors in APA style, you will want to place the names of the authors in the order in which they appear on the source.

APA format structure:

Author Last Name, F.I & 2nd Author Last Name, 2nd Author FI. (Year Published). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

APA format examples:

Chan, D., & Black, W. How Harry Potter saved the pandas. (2016). New York, NY. Bamboo Publishing.

Freedman, E., & Jones, S. (2008). African Americans in Congress: A documentary history. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

How to cite a book (database) in APA Format

You may find books databases, or websites. If the book is found on a database with a DOI, you should provide the DOI at the end of your reference. If the book is found on a website, provide the URL instead.

APA format structure:

Author Last Name, F.I. (Year Published). Title of work. Retrieved from http://xxxx or doi:xxxxx

APA format example:

Baloh, P., & Burke, M.E. (2007). Attaining organizational innovations. doi: 10.1007/978­0­387­72804­9_30

Important Notes when citing a book from a database in APA:

  • Only the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns in the title should be capitalized
  • A DOI (digital object identifier) is basically a number that links a source to its location on the Internet. This number isn’t always provided, but if it is, it’s very important to include it in your citation.