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APA 7th Edition Citation Examples

Format for book, film, and product reviews


Author last name, first initial. (Date). Article title. [Review of the book/film/product Book/film/product title]. Journal Title, volume(issue), page numbers. URL  


  • Author: List the last name, followed by the first initial (and second initial). See Authors for more information.
  • Date: List the date between parentheses, followed by a period.
  • Article title: Capitalize the first word of the title, subtitle, and proper nouns, followed by a period.
  • Review of: Include words "Review of the [book/film/product]" before title. Italicize the title. Capitalize the first word of the title, subtitle, and proper nouns, followed by a period.
  • Journal title: In italics. Capitalize all important words.
  • Volume and issue number: Volume number in italics. Issue number in parentheses, no italics.
  • Page number(s): If from a database, list page numbers followed by a period.
  • URL: If from the free web, use a URL. 

See specific examples below.

Library database

A titled book, film, or product review:

Grimes, W. (2006, December 13). Beyond Mandalay, the road to isolation and xenophobia [Review of the book The river of lost footsteps: Histories of Burma, by T. Myint-U]. New York Times, pp. E8, E10.

An untitled book, film, or product review (for example, a review covering multiple works):

Guha, M. (2006). [Review of the books Fleeting pleasures: A history of intoxicants, by M. London and Dirty: A search for answers inside America's teenage drug epidemic, by M. Maran]. Journal of Mental Health, 15, 713-716.

Follow the correct formatting for the type of publication (e.g. a newspaper, a scholarly journal) the review is taken from, including the DOI if one is available.

Free Web

Cohen, P. (2007, May 9). Love, honor, cherish, and buy [Review of the book One perfect day: The selling of the American wedding, by R. Mead]. New York Times.

More info

See Publication Manual, 10.7.