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Citations: Books


Print and Ebook
Basic Format 
(you treat ebooks the same as print books in most cases)

Author. (Year of publication). Title of book: Sub-title. Publisher.

Reich, J. W. (2012). Radical distortion: How emotions warp what we hear. Prometheus.

Other than first edition

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

Ignatavicius, D. D., Workman, M. L., & Rebar, C. R. (2017). Medical-surgical nursing: Critical thinking for interprofessional collaborative care. (9th ed.). Elsevier.

With Editor(s)
(multiple editors you would list (Eds.) after their names)

Editor. (Ed.) (Year of publication). Book title: Sub-title. Publisher

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (2017). Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take You. American Psychological Association

With Author and Editor 

Author. (Year of publication). Book title: Sub-title (Editor, Ed.). Publisher.

Freud, S. (1963). Three case histories (P. Rieff, Ed.). Collier.

Chapter or Work in an Anthology
or Compilation

Author. (Year of publication). Title of Chapter. In Editor(s), Title of book (edition of book if any, pages of chapter). Publisher.

Yonkers, K. A., & Howell, H. B. (2014). Postpartum sadness. In J. W. Barnhill (Ed.), DSM-5 clinical cases (2nd. ed., pp. 76-78). American Psychiatric Publishing.

Author and Publisher are the same

Omit the publisher name at the end of the citation.

American Psychological Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5.



Many of the MPC databases provide MLA and APA citation formatting, but they are not always formatted correctly.  Also, other online citation makers are not always accurate. It is important to check their accuracy against a citation style guide like this guide.

What is APA Format?

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.

Online Access (Spring 2020) to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association!