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How to Cite a Book in Print in APA
Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. City, State: Publisher.
James, H. (1937). The ambassadors. New York, NY: Scribner.
Rowling, J.K. (2001). Harry Potter and the socerer's stone. London: Bloomsburg Children's.
How to Cite a Book Online in APA
Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. Retrieved from URL
James, H. (2009). The ambassadors. Retrieved from http://books.google.com
Porter, R. (1994). London, a social history. Retrieved from http://books.google.com
How to Cite a Book From a Database in APA
Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. Retrieved from URL
Morem, S. (2005). 101 tips for graduates. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com
Bloom, H. (1986). American women poets. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com
Make sure to:
- Add doi (Digital Object Identifier) if it is available after at the end of the citation instead of URL.
- If you used an e-reader, you should still include the URL that you retrieved the book from, for example, www.amazon.com.
The following examples are based on the rules listed in the current editions of the APA, MLA, and Turabian style manuals for writers. This quick reference guide is not intended to replace or to be a substitute for the following complete style manuals:
American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th Edition. APA, 2009.
Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 8th Edition. MLA, 2016.
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. University of Chicago Press, 2007.
• Use a “hanging indent” to show the beginning of a citation. In other words, the first line of the citation begins at the left margin. Subsequent lines are indented ½ inch from the left margin (typically 5 spaces).
• Double-space all entries in the reference list for APA and MLA. Turabian uses single spacing.
• APA, MLA, and Turabian use italicized type to indicate titles of major works (book titles, journal titles, etc.).
• Turabian examples given are for the bibliography, not for the notes. Refer to the full style manual for more help on notes and parenthetical references.