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APA 7th Edition Citation Examples: Books

Format for books


Author last name, first initial. (Year). Book title. Publisher. DOI 


  • Author: List the last name, followed by the first initial (and second initial). See Authors for more information.
  • Year: List the publication year between parentheses, followed by a period.
  • Book title: In italics. Capitalize the first word of the title, subtitle, and proper nouns, followed by a period.
  • Publisher: List the name of the publisher.
  • DOI: Use DOI when available. 

See specific examples below.

Basic book

Veletsianos, G. (2020). Learning online: The student experience. Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Publisher names: "Co.", "Inc." and related abbreviations should not be included in citations (for example, "Ivan R. Dee, Inc." should be given as "Ivan R. Dee".)

Book with DOI

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

Edited book

Miller, J., & Smith, T. (Eds.). (1996). Cape Cod stories: Tales from Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Chronicle Books.

For a single editor, use "(Ed.)".

Books where the author and publisher are the same

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

Numbered edition other than the first

Arking, R. (2006). The biology of aging: Observations and principles (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Revised edition

Culliney, J. L. (2006). Islands in a far sea: The fate of nature in Hawai'i (Rev. ed.). University of Hawai'i Press.

Multi-volume set

Green, C. M. (1962-1963). Washington (Vols. 1-2). Princeton University Press.

If volumes in a work or set are published in different years, give the range of years separated by a dash as above.

Chapter or article in an anthology

Eliot, T. S. (2001). Tradition and the individual talent. In V. B. Leitch (Ed.), The Norton anthology of theory and criticism (pp. 1092-1097). W. W. Norton. (Original work published 1920)

Note that the page numbers of an article or chapter are preceded by "pp." when citing it (for example, "pp. 25-50"). In cases where an article/chapter occupies a single page, the page is preceded by "p." (ex. "p. 4").

If an article has been reprinted from a source published earlier, give the original date of publication in the "original work" element of the citation, as shown above. When using this element, do not put a period after it.

More info

See Publication Manual, 10.2 and 10.3.