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GEN / APA Citation Style: Books

Book citations

For APA v7, the place of publication is no longer indicated. E-books from library databases or e-resources are cited just like printed books.

Basic form of book citation

Author, A. A., & Author B. B. (Date). Title: Subtitle. Publisher. 

Author's last (or family) name, followed by first and middle names in initials. Use a comma between author's names and an "&" before the last author's name. Find out more about author names.​​​​ ​ ​​ ​​​​​

Year in brackets. 

Include a subtitle if it exists. Both the title and subtitle are in italics. Capitalize only the first words in the title and subtitle and proper nouns.

If there are more than one publisher for the work, list all of them separated with a semicolon.

Examples of book citations

Single author

Brown, S. (2020). The innovation ultimatum: How six strategic technologies will reshape every business in the 2020s. Wiley.


Two authors

Sadik-Khan, J., & Solomonow, S. (2017). Streetfight: Handbook for an urban revolution. Penguin Books.


Book beyond first edition

Yagelski, R. (2018). Writing: Ten core concepts (2nd ed.). Cengage Learning.


Book with editor

Li, A. (Ed.) (2020). Interactive installation art and design: Art experience driven by technology. Artpower.