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APA 6th Edition Referencing: APA Referencing Guide—Books

This is a Wintec guide to help you with referencing in the American Psychological Association (APA) style.


Below is an example of how to reference a book, indicating all the different sections needed:

Example of an edited book:

Example—reference list

Jones, A. (2007). Nursing to perfection: Theories, process and practice. Los Angeles, CA: A. J. Publishing House.

Example—in-text citation
Jones (2007) notes that ... (p. 184). 
 (Jones, 2007, p. 184).

What information do I need to create a reference for a book?

The following elements may be required to create a reference for a printed book:

Author Author(s)
Corporate author
No author
Publication year Year
No date (n.d.).
Title Book title: Subtitle
Chapter title (for edited books)
Edition &/or volume numbers Edition number (2nd edition upwards)
Page range (for edited books)
Volume number
Publisher details Place of publication: Name of publisher

Publisher locations in the United States of America (USA)

When citing a USA publisher's location in your reference listgive the city and state abbreviation (American Psychological Association, 2012, p. 187), followed by the name of the publisher. For example:

New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Publisher locations outside the USA

When citing publisher locations outside the USA in your reference list, give the city and the country name (American Psychological Association, 2012, p. 187), followed by the name of the publisher.  For example:

Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford Press.

Use of et al.

Lee, C. (2011, November 03). The proper use of Et Al. in APA style [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Camden-Carroll Library [CamdenCarrollLibrary]. (2011, July 12). Finding citation information [Video file]. Retrieved from

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