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Overview of APA style and formatting guidelines

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Book Reference

Learn how to format references for whole books, including both authored books and edited books.

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Book Citations: The Basics

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. (Year). Title of book. Location: Publisher.

Example, One Author:

Browne, D. (2008). Goodbye 20th century: A biography of Sonic Youth. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Example, Multiple Authors:

Grassian, E.S., & Kaplowitz, J.R. (2009). Information literacy instruction: Theory and practice. New York:
          Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.

Book Citation, Electronic Version of a Print Book

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. (Year). Title of book [Type/version of e-
 Retrieved from: URL.


Lucas, S.E. (2013). Wealth: Grow it and protect it [OhioLink Safari Ebooks]. Retrieved

Book Citation, Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Chapter Author Last Name, Chapter Author First Initial. (Year). Chapter title. In book editors (Eds.), Book title (pages). Location: Publisher.


Waksman, S. (2006). Black sound, black body: Jimi Hendrix, the electric guitar and the meaning of
In A. Bennett, B. Shank, & J. Toynbee (Eds.), The popular music studies reader (pp.64-
New York: Routledge.