Citing Books in APA Style

When citing books in APA style, your citation should follow one of the basic formats below.

Book by single author


Last Name, F. I. (Year of publication). Book title. Publication location: Publisher.

Sheingate, A. D. (2016). Building a business of politics: The rise of political  consulting and the transformation of American democracy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Edited book


For an edited book with no authors, list the editors in place of the author(s) and the abbreviation Eds. in parentheses: Goodin, R. E., & Hans-Dieter, K. (Eds.). (1996). A new handbook of political science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chapter from an edited book


For a chapter from a book, include information for both the chapter and the book.

Author Last Name, F. I. (Year of publication.) Chapter title. In F. I. Editor Last Name & F. I. Editor Last Name (Eds.), Book title (pages of chapter). Publication location: Publisher.

Christians, C.G. (2011). Ethics and politics in qualitative research. In N. K. Denzin & Y.S. Lincoln (Eds.), The Sage handbook of qualitative research (pp. 61-80). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

More information

To see more examples and other situations of citing books in APA style, see the University Libraries APA Citation Guide see Purdue University Online Writing Lab’s APA Guide.