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APA Style Guide

Books Definition

Books, also known as monographs, are usually not published on a regular basis and are often republished in new editions. Examples include fictional narratives, anthologies, historical texts, and edited volumes. 

Book Examples

Basic Elements of a Book Citation:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title with only first letter of a sentence and proper nouns capitalized: Except first word after a colon, (xth ed.). Publisher. https://doi.org/xxxx


Print Book:
If there is a DOI, include it. If there is both a DOI and a URL, use the DOI. Do not use a database URL, e.g. JSTOR, EBSCO, etc. 

Duyff, R. L. (2017). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics complete food and nutrition guide (5th ed). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

Edition Other than First:
Use the year your edition was published and note the edition in parentheses after the title. 

Campbell, J. (2008). The hero with a thousand faces (3rd ed.). New World Library.

Republished Book:
When the book is republished in a new format (e.g. audiobook or ebook), in translation, or by a new publisher, use the publication date of your edition as the year and add in parentheses "Original work published xxxx" at the end of the citation. 

Douglass, F. (1968). My bondage and my freedom. Arno Press. (Original work published 1855)

Book Translated into English:
Include translator in parentheses after title written as "A. Translator, Trans." 

Homer. (2017). The odyssey (E. Wilson, Trans.). W. W. Norton & Company. (Original work published ca. 700 B.C.E)

Book in a Language Other than English:
Title must be in the Latin alphabet followed by non-italicized English translation in brackets. 

Maḥfūẓ, N. (1956). Baina 'l-qaṣrain [Between the two palaces]. al-Faǧǧāla Maktabat Miṣr.

Book with Author and Editor on Cover:
Include editor in parentheses after title written as "A. Editor, Ed.." 

Milton, J. (2015). Paradise lost (H. C. Walsh, Ed.). Andesite Press. (Original work published 1667). 

Audiobook or Ebook:
It is not necessary to note that a book is electronic or audio unless the content differs from the print version, you wish to point out something specific to the audio or electronic version, or if you quote from an audiobook. 

Jemisin, N. K. (2018). How long ‘til black future month? (S. Small, G. Nelson-Holgate, R. R. Eller, & R. Butler, Narrs.) [Audiobook]. Hachette Audio. 

Entire Edited Book:
You may want to cite an entire edited work if you are using content from the introduction or another area that is not within an article.

Reinders, H., Nunan, D., & Zou, B. (Eds.). (2017). Innovation in language learning and teaching: The case of China. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-60092-9

Chapter in an Edited Book Examples

Basic Elements of a Chapter in an Edited Book Citation:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title with only first letter of a sentence and proper nouns capitalized: Except first word after a colon. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book (xth ed., pp. #–#). Publisher. https://doi.org/xxxx


Chapter in an Edited Book:
The editors are written as "In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.)," before the title of the book. If there is a DOI, include it. If there is both a DOI and a URL, use the DOI. Do not use a database URL, e.g. JSTOR, EBSCO, etc. 

Reyes Cruz, M., & Sonn, C. C. (2015). Decolonizing traditional pedagogies and practices in counseling and psychology education: A move towards social justice and action. In R. D. Goodman & P. Gorski (Eds.), Decolonizing "multicultural" counseling through social justice (pp. 147–164). Springer.

Warshaw, C. (2011). The political economy of expropriation and privatization in the oil sector. In D. G. Victor, D. R. Hults, & M. C. Thurber (Eds.), Oil and governance: State-owned enterprises and the world energy supply (pp. 35–61). Cambridge University Press. 

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