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Citation Help: Books

APA Citation Help: Books


Note: Citations with more than one line of text should have a hanging indent of 1/2 inch or 5 spaces.

Important Elements:

  • Author (last name, initials only for first & middle names)
  • Publication date
  • Title in italics
  • Publisher
  • For books retrieved online, include URL or DOI
  • For chapters, include chapter, page number, and edition information

Template for Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2020). Title of book. Publisher Name. DOI or URL

Template for Book Chapter

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2020). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. 3-13). Publisher Name. DOI or URL


Print book

Brown, L. S. (2018). Feminist therapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Book by a group author

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596 

Article or chapter within an edited book

Weinstock, R., Long, G.B., & Silvia, J. A. (2003). Defining forensic psychiatry: Roles and responsibilities. In R. Rosner (Ed.), Principles and practice of forensic psychiatry (2nd ed., pp 7-13). CRC Press.


Piaget, J., & Inhelder, B. (1969). The psychology of the child (H. Weaver, Trans.; 2nd ed.). Basic Books. (Original work published 1966)

E-Book or Audiobook

Cain, S. (2012). Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking (K. Mazur, Narr.) [Audiobook]. Random House Audio.

Some examples courtesy of APA Publication Manual

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