Reference List: Books
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).
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Last Edited: 2013-09-28 11:22:44
Basic Format for Books
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Note: For "Location," you should always list the city and the state using the two letter postal abbreviation without periods (New York, NY).
Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Edited Book, No Author
Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.
Edited Book with an Author or Authors
Plath, S. (2000). The unabridged journals. K. V. Kukil (Ed.). New York, NY: Anchor.
Laplace, P. S. (1951). A philosophical essay on probabilities. (F. W. Truscott & F. L. Emory, Trans.). New York, NY: Dover. (Original work published 1814)
Note: When you cite a republished work, like the one above, in your text, it should appear with both dates: Laplace (1814/1951).
Edition Other Than the First
Helfer, M. E., Kempe, R. S., & Krugman, R. D. (1997). The battered child (5th ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Article or Chapter in an Edited Book
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
Note: When you list the pages of the chapter or essay in parentheses after the book title, use "pp." before the numbers: (pp. 1-21). This abbreviation, however, does not appear before the page numbers in periodical references, except for newspapers.
O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.
Wiener, P. (Ed.). (1973). Dictionary of the history of ideas (Vols. 1-4). New York, NY: Scribner's.
How to Cite a Chapter from a Book in Print
The basic information you want to include is the name of the book, the editor, compiler, and or translator of the book, and the publication information. Also, be sure to cite the name of the section you are citing, its author or contributors, and the page numbers of the section.
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.
Hemingway, Ernest. "The Killers." The Best American Short Stories of the Century. Ed. John Updike, Ed.Katrina Kenison. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 78-80. Print.
Serviss, Garrett P. "A Trip of Terror." A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Print.
How to Cite a Chapter from a Book Online in MLA
Include the same information as a regular book. Add as much as the original publication information as possible. After citing the original publication information, add the electronic publication information. This includes the title of the internet site, the editor of the site (if given), the date of electronic publication (if given), and the sponsoring institution or organization. Also, be sure to include the date accessed. MLA 7th Edition does not require a URL at the end.
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Day Month Year Accessed.
Serviss, Garrett P. "A Trip of Terror." A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Google Books Web. 16 Mar. 2010.
Evans, Dave."Chapter 4: Web 2.0, The Social Web." Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley, 2008. N. pag. Google Books. 21 Dec. 2012.
How to Cite a Chapter from an Anthology in MLA
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Sanders, Scott R. Introduction. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to Present. Ed. Lex Williford and Michael Martone. New York: Simon &Schuster, 2007. X-Xii. Print.
Bellow, Saul. "A Silver Dish." The Best American Short Stories of the Century. By John Updike. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999. 539-64. Print.
Make sure to:
- Choose if the source was published directly online or originally in print.
- Select the chapter type under Chapter/section title.
- Provide advanced information for the book if it is available.
- Only include the URL if the source cannot be found easily.
View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Chapter in MLA format.