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APA Style (7th ed.)

Book, eBook, Dissertation


Basic structure for an entire book: 


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle (X ed., Vol. X). Publisher Name.


You can leave out any parts that you don't have, like a DOI or the volume/edition.

Jump to more specific examples by using the table below: 

Book with DOI E-Book or Audiobook from the Web, no DOI Entire Edited Book
Book without DOI Illustrated Children's Books Specific Edition
Corporate Author or Organization Chapter or Section Specific Volume
Two to Twenty Authors  Reference Entry Dissertation


Book with DOI (p. 321 in Manual)

Use this format for print or ebooks with a DOI. Include the author's last name and then first and middle initial.

Fessler comma D period parenthesis 2018 parenthesis period The energy disruption triangle colon Three sectors that will change how we generate comma use comma and store energy period John Wiley & Sons period <a href= “ ” </a>

Book without DOI (p. 321 in Manual)

If you have no DOI, use this format, whether it's a print book or an ebook from an academic database. 

Flanagan comma O period J period parenthesis 2007 parenthesis period The really hard problem colon Meaning in a material world period The MIT Press period


Corporate Author or Organization (p. 329-330 in Manual)

Put the organization's full name in the author position. If the publisher is the same as the author, you don't need to repeat it. 

American Psychological Association period parenthesis 2020 parenthesis period Publication manual of the American Psychological Association period parenthesis seventh ed period  parenthesis period <a href= “ ” </a>

Two-Twenty Authors (see more)

List up to twenty authors in the order they are listed on the title page. Use the ampersand (&) rather than the word "and." If there are more than 20 authors, list the first 19 authors, then ..., then the last author. 

Parkinson comma B period comma Fischer comma A period comma & Manstead comma A period S period parenthesis 2005 parenthesis period Emotion in social relations colon Culture comma group comma and interpersonal processes period Psychology Press period



Baumann comma J period F period comma Chard comma D period J period comma Cooks comma J period comma Cooper comma J period D period comma Gersten comma R period comma Lipson comma M period comma Morrow comma L period M period comma Pikulski comma J period J period comma Templeton comma S period comma Valencia comma S period W period comma Valentino comma C period comma & Vogt comma M period parenthesis 2014 parenthesis period Journeys Common Core: Grade 3 parenthesis Teacher's ed period comma Unit 5 parenthesis period Houghton Mifflin Harcourt period

 If there are more than 20 authors, list the first 19 authors, then ..., then the last author. 

In this example, Common Core is a proper name for the published set of standards, so it is capitalized. Add in the parentheses after the title, the edition, volume, unit, grade level designation, whatever is needed to identify what specifically you used. 


eBook or Audiobook from the Web, No DOI (see pp. 321-322 in Manual)

At the end, include the DOI. If there is no DOI, include the ​ebook's URL address if it is a stable URL. Do not include URLs from subscription-only databases, as these are not usually stable URLs. 

Verne comma J period  parenthesis 2004 parenthesis period  Around the world in eighty days period  <a href= “ ” </a>


Illustrated Children's Books (see more)

Illustrator Different from Author

Colleen comma M period parenthesis 2017 parenthesis period Love comma triangle parenthesis B period Shea comma Illus period parenthesis period Balzer Bray period

Illustrator Same as Author

Jaramillo comma S period parenthesis 2017 parenthesis period My little donkey: A Christmas song = Mi burrito colon Una canción Navideña parenthesis S period Jaramillo comma Illus period  parenthesis period Encantos Media Studios period

Chapter or Section (see pp. 326-328 in Manual)

If you are citing a specific chapter or section of an edited book, list the author of that section first. Include information such as page numbers, edition and volume numbers after the title of the book.

Palfrey comma J period  parenthesis 2016 parenthesis period  Reframing privacy and youth media practices period  In C period  Greenhow comma J period  Sonnevend comma & C period  Agur parenthesis Eds period  parenthesis comma Education and social media colon Toward a digital future parenthesis pp period  113-130 parenthesis period  MIT Press period


Reference Entry (see p. 328 in Manual)

With Author

Begin with the author of the entry, not the author or editor of the book.

Haslum comma M period  N period  parenthesis 2004 parenthesis period  Dyslexia period  In R period  L period  Gregory parenthesis Ed period  parenthesis comma The Oxford companion to the mind parenthesis 2nd ed period  comma pp period  272-275 parenthesis period  Oxford University Press period

No Author

Begin with the entry title.

Confucianism period  parenthesis 2006 parenthesis period  In M period  Frassetto & W period  Doniger parenthesis Eds period  parenthesis comma Encyclopedia of world religions parenthesis pp period 251-259 parenthesis period Encyclopedia Brittanica period

Entire Edited Book 

Put the editor in the author position followed by (Ed.) or (Eds.).

 Neu comma J period  parenthesis Ed period  parenthesis period  parenthesis 1991 parenthesis period  The Cambridge companion to Freud period  Cambridge University Press period

Specific Edition

Include edition in parentheses after the title. Cite the edition as it is printed on the title page (2nd ed., Rev. ed., 2019 ed., etc.)

Seligman comma M period  E period  P period  comma Walker comma E period  F period  comma & Rosenhan comma D period  L period  parenthesis 2001 parenthesis period  Abnormal psychology parenthesis 4th ed period  parenthesis period  W period  W period  Norton & Company period

Specific Volume 

Include the volume used in parentheses after the title.

Thompson comma M period  J period  parenthesis 2006 parenthesis period  Paleontology period  In H period  J period  Birx parenthesis Ed period  parenthesis comma Encyclopedia of anthropology parenthesis Vol period  4 comma pp period  1805-1817 parenthesis period  Sage period  <a href= “ ” </a>

Dissertation (see p. 297 in Manual)

After the title, include the publication number, format and school in square brackets.

From a Database 

Include the database name, but no URL since it is not accessible to the general public.

McNiel comma D period  S period  parenthesis 2007 parenthesis period  Meaning through narrative colon A personal narrative discussing growing up with an alcoholic mother parenthesis Publication No period  1434728 parenthesis square bracket Master’s thesis comma California State University-Long Beach square bracket period  ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global period

Free Online

Include the archive name and the URL where it is accessible to the general public.

Remo comma A period  parenthesis 2019 parenthesis period  Certified public accountants’ attitudes towards the public interest and the factors that impact those attitudes square bracket Doctoral dissertation comma University of Wisconsin-Whitewater square bracket period  MINDS@UW period  <a href= “” </a>

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