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Bibliography Format For Reference Books

Book – A written work or composition that has been published – typically printed on pages bound together.

Book citations in MLA 7 style generally contain the author name, book title, publication city, publisher, year published, and the medium of the work (i.e. “Print” for print books).


Citing a book in print

Note: MLA 7 does not require the publisher’s state in a book citation.

 

Structure: 

Last, First M. Book Title. City of Publication: Publisher, Year Published. Print.

Example:

James, Henry. The Ambassadors. Rockville: Serenity, 2009. Print.


Citing a book found in a database

Note: Some ebooks may be available online through your library’s databases.

 

Structure:

Last, First M. Book Title. City: Publisher, Year Published. Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Example:

Lichter, S. Robert, and Stanley Rothman. Environmental Cancer-A Political Disease?. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1999. eBook Collection. Web. 1 Apr. 2013.


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How to Cite a Book in APA

Use the following template to cite a book using the APA citation format. We also provide style guides for the MLA, Chicago, and Turabian styles. To have your bibliography or works cited list automatically made for you, check out our free APA citation generator.

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Citing a book in print

APA format structure:

Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. Publisher City, State: Publisher.

APA format example:

Finney, J. (1970). Time and again. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Notes: When citing a book in APA, keep in mind:

  • Capitalize the first letter of the first word of the title and any subtitles, as well as the first letter of any proper nouns.
  • The full title of the book, including any subtitles, should be stated and italicized.

Citing an e-book from an e-reader

E-book is short for “electronic book.” It is a digital version of a book that can be read on a computer, e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.), or other electronic device.

APA format structure:

Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work [E-Reader Version]. Retrieved from http://xxxx or DOI:xxxx

APA format example:

Eggers, D. (2008). The circle [Kindle Version]. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/

Citing a book found in a database

APA format structure:

Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. Retrieved from http://xxxx or DOI:xxxx

APA format example:

Sayre, Rebecca K., Devercelli, A.E., Neuman, M.J., & Wodon, Q. (2015). Investment in early childhood development: Review of the world bank’s recent experience. DOI: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0403-8

Notes: When citing an online book or e-book in APA, keep in mind:

  • A DOI (digital object identifier) is an assigned number that helps link content to its location on the Internet. It is therefore important, if one is provided, to use it when creating a citation. All DOI numbers begin with a 10 and are separated by a slash.

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