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Citation Help for APA, 6th Edition: Book

Help with common issues and questions with APA 6th ed. Citation Style.

Multiple Authors?

Example:
McGill, I., Glenn, J. K., & Brockbank, A. (2014). The action learning handbook: Powerful techniques for education, professional 
development and 
training. New York, NY: Routledge Falmer.

Explanation:
List each author last name first followed by the initials for the first and middle names followed by a comma. Insert an amperstand (&) before the last author.


Eight or More Authors?
List the first six authors' names, then insert three ellipses, and add the last author's name.

Example:
Gilbert, J. R., Smith, J. D., Johnson, R. S., Anderson, A., Plath, S., Martin, G., . . . White, N. (2014). Choosing a title (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Unnamed  Publishing.

Editors?

Example:
Gibbs, J. T., & Huang, L. N. (Eds.). (2007). Children of color: Psychological interventions with minority youth. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Explanation:
Place the word Eds. followed by a period in parentheses also followed by a period after the editors' names.


Only One Editor?
Instead of Eds., use Ed. follow-up with a period, place in parentheses, and end with a period after the editor's name.

Example:
Avery, E. F. (Ed.). (2003). Assessing student outcomes for information literacy instruction. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

More information: See p. 184 in the APA Manual 6th Edition for further explanation.

Edition?

Example:
Smith, S. (2008). Clinical nursing skills: Basic to advanced skills (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Explanation:
Place the edition number in parentheses after the book title. Follow by ed. and a period outside the parentheses. There is no period after the book title.

Group Author?

Example:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author.

Explanation:
This includes a name of a study group, government agency, association, corporation, etc. Put the name of the group author in the author position followed by a period.

More information: See p. 184 in the APA Manual 6th Edition for further explanation.

No Author?

Example:
The bluebook: A uniform system of citation (18th ed.). (2015). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law Review Association.

Explanation:
When there is no author move the title to the author spot. Italicize title and end with a period. Follow title with publication date and publication information.

More information: See p. 184 in the APA Manual 6th Edition for further explanation.

Example

Talty, S. (2009). The illustrious dead: The terrifying story of how typhus killed Napoleon's greatest army

   New York, NY: Crown.

Explanation

Author: Talty, S.
Begin with last name first, abbreviate first and middle names (if applicable). End with a period.   

Year of Publication:
(2009).
In parentheses, list the year of publication, which appears on the title page or the title page verso (back side of title page). Follow the parentheses with a period. 

Title & subtitle of the book: The illustrious dead: The terrifying story of how typhus killed Napoleon's greatest army.
The title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle and all proper nouns or names.  Italicize the title and end with a period.   

Place of publication: New York, NY:
List the city and state of the publisher's location. Use the standard postal abbreviations for states.  For publishers outside the United States list the city and country. Separate place from publisher with a colon.  If more than one city is given, use the first city listed or, if specified, the name of the publisher's home office.  Separate from publisher with a colon.  Ex. = Duluth, MN:

Publisher: Crown.
Shorten publisher's name to most concise form.  End the citation with a period. 

NOTE:  For more information about book citations, see page 203 of the APA Manual, 6th ed. For title format or publication information, see pages 185 & 186 respectively in the APA Manual, 6th ed.

Book Chapter Example

Mehrotra, C. M., & Wagner, L. S. (2009). Informal and formal care for older persons. In Aging and diversity: An active learning

     experience  (2nd ed., pp. 205-252). New York, NY: Routledge.

Book Chapter Explanation

Author of the book/chapter: Mehrotra, C. M., & Wagner, L. S.
Begin with the last name first. First and middle name always represented by initials.

Year of publication: (2009).
Date the book was published. Examine the title page or the title page verso (backside) to determine the date of publication. Place in parentheses with a period following.

Title & subtitle of the chapter: Informal and formal care for older persons. 
Title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle, and any proper nouns. End with a period.

Title & subtitle of the book: In Aging and diversity: An active learning experience
Begin with the word "In". Title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of title and subtitle, and any proper nouns. Italicize title and subtitle. No period!

Page numbers: (2nd ed., pp. 205-252).
In parentheses, place the edition and/or volume followed by the page numbers of the chapter preceded by pp. Close with a period.

Place of publication: New York, NY:
List the city and state of the publisher's location. Use the standard postal abbreviations for states.  For publishers outside the United States list the city and country. Separate place from publisher with a colon.  If more than one city is given, use the first city listed or, if specified, the name of the publisher's home office.  Separate from publisher with a colon.

Publisher: Routledge.
Shorten publisher's name to most concise form. End the citation with a period.

NOTE: For more information about book citations, see pages 202-203 of the APA Manual, 6th ed. For title format or publication information, see pages 185 & 186 respectively in the APA Manual, 6th ed.

Chapter Example from Edited Book

Vye, C., Jr. (2007). Managing anxiety and related conditions: Solutions and effective approaches. In S. F. 
   Smith, D. J. Duell, & B. C. Marting (Eds.), Underpressure and overwhelmed: Coping with anxiety in 
   college
(pp. 53-67). New York, NY: Praeger.

Chapter from Edited Book Explanation

Author of the chapter: Vye, C., Jr.
Last name first. First and middle name always represented by initials.

Year of publication: (2007).
Date the book was published. Examine the title page or the title page verso (backside) to determine the date of publication. Place in parentheses with a period following.

Title & subtitle of the chapter: Managing anxiety and related conditions: Solutions and effective approaches. 
Title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle, and any proper nouns. End with a period.

Editor(s) of book: In S. F. Smith, D. J. Duell, & B. C. Martin (Eds.),
Include the word "In" before the editor(s). List names of editors with initials for the first and middle names followed by their last names. Place an ampersand (&) before the last name followed by Eds. in parentheses (or Ed. if there is only one) with a comma after the parentheses.

Title & subtitle of the book: Under pressure and overwhelmed: Coping with anxiety in college
Title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of title and subtitle, and any proper nouns. Italicize title and subtitle. No period!

Page numbers: (pp. 53-67).
Page numbers of the chapter preceded by pp. Place in parentheses. Close with a period.

Place of publication: New York, NY:
List the city and state of the publisher's location. Use the standard postal abbreviations for states.  For publishers outside the United States list the city and country. Separate place from publisher with a colon.  If more than one city is given, use the first city listed or, if specified, the name of the publisher's home office.  Separate from publisher with a colon.

Publisher: Praeger.
Shorten publisher's name to most concise form. End the citation with a period.

NOTE: For more information about book citations, see page 203 of the APA Manual, 6th ed. For title format or publication information, see pages 185 & 186 respectively in the APA Manual, 6th ed.