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Citing Sources : Books

This guide provides information on citing your sources in some of the most commonly used citation formats: APA, MLA, and Chicago.

General Format for Books

Last name of author, First initial, middle initial (if given). (Publication date). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Place of publication, State: Publisher.

Examples of correct APA book citations

One author:

McGonigal, K. (2013). Willpower instinct : How self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more of it. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Two authors:

Druin, A., & Solomon, C. (1996). Designing multimedia environments for children. New York, NY: J. Wiley & Sons.

Edited Book:

Dunlap, L. L. (Ed.). (1997).  An introduction to early childhood special education.  Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Chapter in a edited book:

Meiland, J. (2003). The difference between high school and college. In R. K. Durst (Ed.), You are here: Readings on higher education for college writers (pp. 104-114). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Electronic book/E-book

Bloom, H. (1996). Mark Twain’s adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Broomall, PA: Chelsea. Retrieved from


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