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APA Style (6th ed.) : Books & Books Chapters

This guide provides examples of references cited according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Most examples and all guidelines are extracted from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing)

For more information

For more examples and guidelines on citing books and book chapters, please refer to Section 7.02, pages 202-205 of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Entire book (print & electronic)

For an entire book, please use the following reference formats:

  • Author, A. A. (1967). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
  • Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (1997). Title of work
          Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxx
  • Author, A. A. (2006). Title of work: Subtitle continues. doi:xxxxx
  • Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (1996). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

Note: For books available only online, the electronic retrieval statement takes the place of the publisher location and the publisher name.


  • Lindberg, C. A. (1967). Gender and depression. Massachusetts: Brill.
  • Tang, G., & Elliot, B. T. (1997). Organization and psychology.
          Retrieved from http://taylorfrancis.com.uk
  • Jackson, J. (2006). Brain cognition: Applications and trend.
          doi:10.10345/10762-011
  • Townsen, A. C. (Ed.). (1996). The encyclopedia of pain.    
          Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Work with no author/editor or date

Entry in an online reference work (no author & date)

  • Heuristic. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster's online dictionary (11th ed.). 
          Retrieved from http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/heuristic

Electronic book (no date)

  • O'Keefe, E. (n.d.). Egoism & the crisis in Western values
          Retrieved from http://www.onlineoriginals.com/item1233

Chapter or entry in a reference work

  • Author, A. A. (1995). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, 
          & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.
  • Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (1993). Title of chapter or entry. In 
          A. A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Retrieved 
          from http://www.xxxxxxx
  • Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (1995). Title of chapter or entry. In 
          A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). doi:xxxxxxxx

Note: For book chapters available only online, the electronic retrieval statement takes the place of the publisher location and the publisher name.


 

Book chapter (print)

  • Haybron, D. M. (1995). Philosophy and the science of subjective 
          well-being. In M. Eid, R. Larsen, & T. Randell (Eds.), The 
          science of subjective well-being
    (pp. 17-43). 
          New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Entry/chapter in an online reference work

  • Graham, G., & Foster, B. K. (2005). Behaviorism. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), 
          The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Fall 2007 ed.). 
          Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/behaviorism/

E-version of a book chapter in a volume that is part of a series

  • Strong, E. K., Jr., & Uhrbrock, R. S. (1923). Bibliography on job 
          analysis. In L. Outhwaite (Series Ed.), Personnel Research 
          Series: Vol. 1. Job analysis and
    the curriculum (pp. 140-146). 
          doi:10.1037/10762-000

Several volumes in a multivolume work

  • Koch, S. (Ed.). (1959-1963). Psychology: A study of science 
          (Vols. 1-6). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Note: In text, use the following parenthetical citation: (Koch, 1959-1963).