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APA Referencing Guide: Books & eBooks

Books & eBooks

Referencing book with 1 author

Reference list entry

Author Surname, Initial(s). (Year). Title of book (edition). Publisher.

Campbell, J. (2018). Web design: Introductory text for beginners (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.

In-text citation

(Author Surname, Year)  OR  (Author Surname, Year, Page/s) 

(Campbell, 2018)  OR (Campbell, 2018, p. 101)  

Note: First word of the subtitle is capitalised. Edition statement goes after the title.

 

Video 1: Reference a book with one author

Referencing book with 2 authors

Reference list entry

Author Surname, Initial(s)., & Author Surname, Initial. (Year). Title of book. Publisher. 

Bell, J., & Stathaki, E. (2018). The contemporary house. Thames & Hudson.

In-text citation

Author Surname & Author Surname, Year)  OR  (Author Surname & Author Surname, Year, Page/s)

(Bell & Stathaki, 2018)  OR   (Bell & Stathaki, 2018, p. 101)  

Video 2: Reference a book with 2 authors

Referencing book with 3 or more authors

Reference list entry 

Author Surname, Initial(s).  (Year). Title of book. Publisher.

Berman, A., Snyder, S.J., Levett-Jones, T., Dwyer, T., Hales, M., Harvey, N., Luxford, Y., Moxham, L., Park, T., Parker, B., Reid-Searl, K. & Stanley, D. (2012). Kozier and Erb's fundamentals of nursing (2nd Aust. ed.). Pearson.

Note: The first nineteen are listed; subsequent authors are omitted and replaced with an ellipsis (...) and then the last author is listed.

In-text citation

(Author Surname et al.,Year)  OR  (Author Surname et al., Year, Page/s) 

(Berman et al., 2012) OR (Berman et al., 2012, p. 101)

Note: Use the first author then et al.

Video 3: Reference a book with 3 or more authors

Reference list entry

Title of book in italics. (Year).  Publisher Name.

Tell me about the human body: Answers to hundreds of fascinating questions. (2016). Chancellor.

In-text citation

(First few words of the title, Year)  Or  (First few words of the title, Year, Page/s) 

(Tell Me About 2016) Or (Tell Me About, 2016, p. 101)

 

Note: In-text - you may shorten long book titles to a minimum of 3 words. You should capitalise each word in the in-text entry.

 

Reference list entry

Editor Surname, Initial(s). (Ed.). (Year). Title of book. Publisher.

Fortenberry, D. (Ed.). (2017). The art museum. Phaidon Press.

In-text citation

(Editor Surname, Year)  OR  (Editor Surname, Year, Page/s) 

(Fortenberry, 2017) OR (Fortenberry, 2017, p. 101)

Note:

Only use a URL for ebooks found on the web, not for those found in library databases. Do not include a library database URL in the reference such as https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/

Always include a DOI if one is available.

If no DOI or URL is available, end the citation after the Publisher name - same as a print book.

 

Reference list entry

Author Surname, Initial(s).  (Year). Title of book in italics. Publisher Name.

Author Surname, Initial(s).  (Year). Title of book in italics. Publisher Name. DOI or URL

Author, A. A. (2020). Title of book in italics (2nd ed., Vol. 4). Publisher Name. DOI or URL

Editor, E. E. (Ed.). (2019). Title of book in italics (2nd ed.). Publisher Name. DOI or URL

Examples:

Bernstein, J. (2017). Mindfulness for teen worry: Quick and easy strategies to let go of anxiety, worry, and stress. Instant Help.

Briggs, J.K. (2019). Triage protocols for aging adults. Lippincott Williams & Wiklins.

Carter, S., & Anderson, C. (2023). Wellbeing in educational context (2nd ed.). University of Southern Queensland. http://usq.pressbooks.pub/wellbeing/

Trenoweth, S. (Ed.). (2017). Promoting recovery in mental health nursing. SAGE Publications Limited.

 

In-text citation

(Author Surname, Year)  OR  (Author Surname, Year, Page/s) 
(Briggs, 2019)

OR

(Briggs, 2019, p. 7)

 

(Carter & Anderson, 2023)

OR

Carter & Anderson (2023)

Reference list entry

Chapter Author Surname, Initial(s). (Year). Title of chapter. In Editor Initial. Editor Surname (Ed.), Title of book in italics (Inclusive page numbers). Publisher Name.

Hughes, M., & Wilson, J. (2016).  Advocacy: An overarching approach. In E. Moore (Ed.), Case management: Inclusive community practice (pp. 143 -164). Oxford University Press.

In-text citation

(Author Surname, Year)  OR  (Author Surname, Year, Page/s) 

(Hughes & Wilson, 2016)  OR (Hughes & Wilson, 2016, p. 144)

 

APA discourages the use of secondary sources and it is best practice to locate the original source, if possible. 

Only the book or article that has been read is the one included in the Reference List. 

Book

Reference list entry

Author Surname, Initial(s)., Author Surname, Initial., Author Surname, Initial. & Author Surname, Initial. (Year). Title of book in italics (ed.). Publisher Name.

Veal, A.J., Darcy., & Lynch, R. (2013). Australian leisure (4th ed.). Pearson.

In-text citation

Acknowledge the author/s of the secondary source and the in-text will state (as cited in Author Surname, Year, Page) 

Smith, Austin & Kennedy, note that accessibility to all locations and buildings needs to be considered (as cited in Veal, Darcy & Lynch, 2013, p. 386)...

Journal article

Reference list entry

Author Surname, Initial(s). (Year). Title of article. Journal Title in italicsVolume(Issue). Page/s. URL

Kumar, R., Sarkar, B., Saha, S., & Equebal, A. (2017). Efficacy of myofascial release technique in chronic plantar fasciitis: A randomized controlled trial. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy, 11(1), 118–123. http://dx.doi.org/10.5958/0973-5674.2017.00023.5

In-text citation

Acknowledge the author/s of the secondary source and the in-text will state (as cited in Author Surname, Year, Page) 

The study by Chueh et al (as cited in Kumar, Sarkar, Saha, and Equebal, 2017, p. 122)...