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APA: Citing Books

Basic Book Citation

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

(Note: Some of the citations below may also include an article or chapter title and editors)

Example Book Citation, One author

Goodbye 20th century: A biography of Sonic Youth

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




Example Book Citation, Multiple authors

Rock & roll year by year

Crampton, L., & Rees, D.(2003). Rock & roll year by year.
          New York
: DK Pub. in Association with the Rock and Roll

          Hall of Fame and Museum.






Example Book Citation, Article or chapter in an edited book

The popular music studies reader

Waksman, S. (2006). Black sound, black body: Jimi Hendrix, the
          electric guitar and the meaning of blackness. In
          Bennett, B. Shank, & J. Toynbee (Eds.), The popular
          music studies reader
(pp. 64-70). New York: Routledge.




Example Book Citation, Electronic Version of a Print Book

Cover Art

Prager, M. (2008). Reason 4 power! The comprehensive guide 

          [Safari Books Online version]. Retrieved from http://0-





In-Text Citations

For an overview of the various ways to cite information in text in APA style, see the Purdue OWL, which provides an overview of the basic in text citation formats.