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APA 6 Style Guide

Book Citations - Guidelines

Below are examples of citations for common types of books that you may have to cite in your paper. A few things to remember:

  • While these examples may be single-spaced, always double space your entries.
  • The creator should always be the first element. While this is usually an author, it can also be an editor--in which case you should add (Ed.) after their name--or an organization.
  • Always use "&" instead of writing out the word "and" when listing multiple authors.
  • Only capitalize the first word of a book or chapter's title and subtitle.

How to Cite a Book

References for books should include the author(s) name(s), year, title of the book, edition or volume number (if applicable), location, and publisher. The following format should be followed:


Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title: Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle, along with proper nouns and adjectives and italicize the entire title. (Edition or volume number, if applicable). Place of publication: Publisher.

How to Cite a Chapter in a Book

Note: For information on citing a chapter in the DSM-5 follow this link:

References for book chapters should include the chapter's author(s) name(s), year, title of the chapter, the book's author/editor, title of the book, pages of the chapter, place of publication, and publisher.


Chapter-Author, A. A. (Year). Title of the essay or chapter, but do not italicize. In Book-Author/Editor, B. B. (Ed.), The title of the book, and this is italicized (pp. xx-xx). Place of publication: Publisher.

How to Cite an Edited Book

If you are just citing one chapter or essay from an edited book, then cite it as explained above. However, if you want to include the complete book, cite it as you would a book--however, make sure to note that the name is the name of an editor.


Editor's Name, A. A. (Ed.). (Year). Title of the book. Place of publication: Publisher.