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Citations: Entire Book


Reference to an Entire Book:

  • Find the example below that best fits your item. If you don't find what you are looking for, see pages 193-224 of the APA manual.
  • The first line of a citation is flush left with the margin, all subsequent lines (2nd, 3rd…) of that citation are indented.
  • Citations are always double spaced
  • Do not write out the authors' first or middle name, just initials. Do not include credentials, for example, M. D. or Ph. D.
  • If the author has a suffix (like Jr. or III), after the author's initials, put a comma followed by the suffix.
  • Book titles are italicized. Notice that only the first word in the title and the first word in the subtitle are capitalized. Remember to capitalize proper nouns.
  • If there is more than one city of publication, use the first city listed that is in the U.S.
  • When you put the publication city in your citation for a book you must include the two letter abbreviation for the state (ex. New York, NY). If it is a city not in the United States you must include the country (ex. Dublin, Ireland)
  • In a reference to a work with no author move the title to the author position before the date of publication.

Entire Book

Author. (Year of publication). Title of work: Sub-title (Edition). Place of publication: Publisher.

One author

Treseler, K. M. (1995). Clinical laboratory and diagnostic tests: Significance and learning implications. Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange.

Two to Seven Authors - list all authors up to seven:
Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1999). The elements of style. (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Eight or more authors:

List the first six authors followed by a comma, three ellipses, and the last author followed by a period then continue with the rest of the citation.

Harris, L.K., Hamu, A.J., Patnode, M.L., McDowell, R.E., Petras, M.J., Grant, D.A.,…Boulding, R.M. (2009). Logic structures in database design: A relative assessment using game theory. Laguna Beach, CA: Pegasus.

Author and Publisher are the Same:

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

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What is APA Format?

MPC Library APA 6th Edition Handout

APA stands for American Psychological Association.  APA Style is used to write papers and cite sources in the sciences such as nursing, psychology, and social sciences.
The purpose of citing sources is:

  • To avoid plagiarism.
  • To give credit to the original creator of information you used in your research paper.
  • To inform readers of the sources you used.

If you are asked to use APA format, be sure to consult the APA Publication Manual (6th edition), available at the MPC Library.

REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010
(Reference Stacks)


Many of the MPC databases provide MLA and APA citation formatting, but these are not always accurate.