Hot To Cite A Book In An Essay

APA: Book

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How to Cite a Book in Print in APA

Structure:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. City, State: Publisher.

Examples:

James, H. (1937). The ambassadors. New York, NY: Scribner.

Rowling, J.K. (2001). Harry Potter and the socerer's stone. London: Bloomsburg Children's.

How to Cite a Book Online in APA

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book. Retrieved from URL

Examples:

James, H. (2009). The ambassadors. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

Porter, R. (1994). London, a social history. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

How to Cite a Book From a Database in APA

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Book. Retrieved from URL

Examples:

Morem, S. (2005). 101 tips for graduates. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Bloom, H. (1986). American women poets. Retrieved from http://www.infobasepublishing.com

Make sure to:

  • Add doi (Digital Object Identifier) if it is available after at the end of the citation instead of URL.
  • If you used an e-reader, you should still include the URL that you retrieved the book from, for example, www.amazon.com.
View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Book in APA format.

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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