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APA Quick Citation Guide

Books

Books with Author(s)

  • Author's name(s). Year of publication. Title (Edition). Location of publisher. Publisher.
  • When there is no author listed or the author is unknown, begin the entry with the work's title.
  • If there are more than six authors, list the first six and "et al." (Latin for et alibi or et alii) indicating there are additional authors.

Books with Editor(s)

  • Editors names(Ed.). Year of publication. Title. Location of publisher. Publisher.
  • Begin with the name of the editor(s) followed by the abbreviation Ed. (or Eds.) in parentheses.

Example:

Simpson, A., & Burns, M. (Eds.). (1989). The flying hellfish. Cypress Creek, SD: Globex Press.

Article or Chapter in an Edited or Reference Book

  • Author's name(s). Year of publication. Chapter / entry title. In Editor(s) (Ed.).Title of book (pages). Location of publisher. Publisher.

Example:

Simpson, C., & Lumpkin, L. (1989). Country singin' ain't for me. In E. Winthrop (Ed.), Traveling Country (pp. 352-358). Washington, DC: Country Press.

Electronic Book

  • Author's name(s). Year of publication. Title. Retrieved from URL
  • Use "Available from" instead of "Retrieved from" when the URL leads to information on how to obtain the cited material rather than to the material itself.

Example:

Wiggum, C. (1993). Big Daddy in the Big Easy. Retrieved from http://www.wiggumpi.com/pubs/bigeasy.asp?itemid3528

Electronic Book Chapter

  • Author's name(s). Year of publication. Title of chapter. In Editors names (Eds.), Book title (pp. xxx- xxx). Retrieved from URL
  • The database name is included in the reference to aid readers in finding an electronic version of the book because it may be difficult to find in print.

Example:

Frink, J. (2007). The flying motorcycle. In C.M. Burns (Ed.), Nuclear powered vehicles of tomorrow (pp.352-420).  Retrieved from http://nuclearebooks.com/frink/NPVT.html.

Article or Chapter in an Edited or Reference Electronic Book

  • Author's name(s). Year of publication. Chapter / entry title. In Editor(s) (Ed.).Title of book Retrieved from URL
  • Use "Available from" instead of "Retrieved from" when the URL leads to information on how to obtain the cited material rather than to the material itself.

Example:

Terwilliger, R. & Terwilliger, C. (1997). 'Dam' the hydroelectric blow up. In M. Szyslak (Ed.), 101 ways to kill Bart Simpson. Retrieved from http://www.simpsonsdirect.com/reference.

Proceedings

  • Author's name(s). Year of publication. Title of article. In Editor(s) (Eds.). Title of Proceedings (pp. xxx - xxx). Location of publisher. Publisher. doi: (if available).

Example with doi:

Simpson, M. (2009). Innovations in applications of salt and other pretzel toppings. In F. Ormand (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Stadium Food (pp. 12- 23). Vancouver, British Columbia: Fallout Press. DOI: 10.1145/2481492.2481506.

Example without doi: 

Van Houten, N., & Flanders, R. (1975).  Nachos Flanders style. In H. Krustofski (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Stadium Food (pp.123-157). Vancouver, British Columbia: Fallout Press.

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