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APA Citation Style Guide (7th Edition)

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Books and eBooks

Print Books


Note: Place of publication has been removed in the 7th edition



Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Publisher.


Kaplan, J. S., & Hayn, J. (2012). Teaching young adult literature today: Insights, considerations, and perspectives for the classroom teacher. Rowman & Littlefield.


If a book that has been accessed online does not have DOI (A Digital Object Identifier is a string of numbers and/or letters that uniquely identifies a book or article), then the citation ends with the publisher's name, EVEN if you actually retrieved the book through library databases.



Author, A. (year). Title of document. Publisher.  OR   Author, A. (year). Title of document. Publisher.


DiMento, J. F. C., & Doughman, P. (2014). Climate change: What it means for us, our children, and our grandchildren. MIT Press.

World, B. G. (2011). Cities and climate change: Responding to an urgent agenda. World Bank.

Chapters in Edited Books

When a book has an editor instead of an author, the editor's name is followed by "Ed." in parentheses. For more than one editor, use "Eds."

Entire Edited Book:

In text:

Paraphrase: (Robinson, 1992) OR Quotation: (Robinson, 1992, p. 72)


Robinson, D.N. (Ed.). (1992). Social discourse and moral judgment. Academic Press.

Chapter in an Edited Book:

The editor's name is given in normal order and is followed by "Ed." in parentheses. If there is more than one editor, then “Eds.” is used.

In text:

Paraphrase: (Sweller, 2005) OR Quotation: (Sweller, 2005, p. 25)


Sweller, J. (2005). Implications of cognitive load theory for multimedia learning. In R. E. Mayer (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning (pp. 19-30). Cambridge University Press.


Entire Anthology:

Whole edited anthologies should be cited like any other whole edited book would be cited. Only the editor appears in the author part of the reference.

In text:

(Gold, 1999)


Gold, M. (Ed.). (1999). A Kurt Lewin reader: The complete social scientist. American Psychological Association.

Work in an Anthology:

A work in an anthology should be cited like a chapter in an edited book. Because the works in an anthology have been republished, both the publication date of the anthology and the publication date of the original work need to be included.

In text:

(Lewin, 1941/1999)


Lewin, K. (1999). Personal adjustment and group belongingness. In M. Gold (Ed.), The complete social scientist: A Kurt Lewin reader (pp. 327-332). American Psychological Association. (Original work published 1941)

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Entire Reference Book:

An entry in a reference book is cited as a chapter in an edited book.  If the reference work has more than one volume, then the volume number goes immediately before the page numbers.



Goldberg, A. E. (Ed.). (2016). The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. SAGE Publications, Inc.

Perrin, W. F., Würsig, B. G., & Thewissen, J. M. (Eds.). (2009). Encyclopedia of marine mammals (2nd ed.). Academic Press

Zalta, E. N. (Ed.). (2007). The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Retrieved from


Entry in a Reference Book:

Balsam, K. F. (2016). Health disparities. In A. E. Goldberg (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (Vol. 2, pp. 481-487). SAGE Publications, Inc.

Etzkowitz, H., & Dzisah, J. (2009). University–industry relationships. In J.B. Callicott & R. Froderman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy (Vol.2, pp. 344-346).


Books with Multiple Editions

Second edition = 2nd ed.
Third edition = 3rd ed.
Fourth edition = 4th ed.
Revised edition = Rev. ed.


Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book (xth ed.). ...



Chandler, C. K. (2012). Animal assisted therapy in counseling (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Girvetz, H. K. (1963). The evolution of liberalism (Rev. ed.). Collier.

Sorrentino, S. A. (2013). Mosby's Canadian textbook for the support worker (3rd Canadian ed.). Mosby Canada.