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Here are the most common types of books you might have to cite using APA style.
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APA GENERAL FORM FOR BOOKS
1. Author’s last name and initials of first name (and middle name)
2. Publication year inside a parenthesis
3. Title (including subtitles) italicized
4. City (complete) and state of publication (abbreviated) separated by a comma. Follow the state of publication with a colon
5. Publisher’s name (not including Inc., Co., or Publishers)
Cheng, E. (2016). How to Bake π: An Edible Exploration of the
Mathematics of Mathematics. New York, NY: Basic Books.
After reviewing some of these specific points, you should have noticed the following:
- There is always a way to cite.
- There is a basic pattern to citing books.
- Most extra details are attached after the title.
- Punctuation matters!
- You can always do a little research.
CITING A BOOK FROM THE KENDALL LIBRARY
- Go to the library catalog and login to your account using your student ID number and password.
- Search for your book title.
- Click add to List which is located lower right region of book bibliographic field. Repeat 2+3 as needed.
- Go to MY LISTS – on left field – and select preferred list.
- Select APA American Psych Assoc format from Format dropdown.
- Delete, print, or email the list to yourself and copy it into your reference page.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
You don’t need to become an APA master in order to cite correctly, you simply need to become familiar with this style of citing.
There is a general pattern (format) for citing different types of sources. Depending on the additional information that you need to include, there particular places where the information needs to be inserted.
Take a quick look at the slides below:
CITING SPECIFICS WITH EXAMPLES
WRITING BY OTHERS, BEFORE AND AFTER THE MAIN TEXT
If you are citing an introduction, a preface, a foreword or afterword, use the following way to cite it:
- Use the author’s last name and initials of the first name (and middle name initials) of the piece of text you are citing.
- Publication year inside a parenthesis.
- Mention whether you are citing an introduction, a preface, a foreword or an afterword.
- Use the word In and mention the author of the book by using the first initial of the name and the last name. Follow with a comma.
- Write title of the book you are citing (including subtitles) italicized.
- Follow with the page or page numbers you are citing enclosed in a parenthesis and followed by a period.
- City (complete) and state of publication (abbreviated) separated by a comma. Follow the state of publication with a colon.
- Publisher’s name (not including Inc., Co., or Publishers).
Fuentes, C. (2008). Foreword. In M. Azuela, The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (p. x). New York, NY: Penguin Books.