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APA Citation Style Guide (6th): Books & eBooks

Basic Citation Set Up

Author's last name, first initial. middle initial. (Year). Title. Publisher city and state: Publisher name.

Basic Information

When citing a book, include:

•  Author's name

•  Date

•  Book title (in italics)

•  Publication information.

•  For electronic books, end the citation with "Retrieved from" followed by the URL. 


Two authors

Kail, R. V., & Cavanaugh, J. C. (2010). Human development: A life-span view (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


Chapter in  edited anthology(with an author who is not the editor)

Tannen, D. (2006). You just don’t understand: Women and men in conversation. In E. Disch (Ed.), Reconstructing gender: A multicultural anthology (pp. 216-221). Boston: McGraw-Hill.


Electronic version of print book

Relman, A. S. (2007). A second opinion: Rescuing America’s healthcare. Retrieved from