Skip to Main Content


Overview of APA style and formatting guidelines

Check out the quick guide from Academic Writer, just click on the screenshot below:

Book Reference

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

Academic Writer

© 2020 American Psychological Association.

Book Citations: The Basics (Updated to 7th ed., 2020)

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

Example, One Author:

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

Example, Multiple Authors (include all authors unless more than 20):

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

Book Citation, Electronic Version of a Print Book (Updated to 7th ed., 2020)

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. (Year). Title of book. URL


Lucas, S.E. (2013). Wealth: Grow it and protect it.

Book Citation, Article or Chapter in an Edited Book (Updated to 7th ed., 2020)

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

Pilgrim Library:   
  Click the purple "Ask Us" side tab above