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Citation and Documentation Guide: Print Sources: Books

Guidelines and examples of citing information using MLA, APA formats.

APA Resources

Additional APA Resources

APA: Books

Sacred Text

The Holy Bible. (2003). Wheaton, IL: Crossway-Good News. English Standard Version.

A Book by a Single Author or Editor

Graham, J. (Ed.). (1990). The best American poetry: 1990. New York, NY: MacMillan.

Simon, K. (1990). Etchings in an hourglass. New York, NY: Harper.

A Book by an Agency or Corporation:

American Medical Association. (2000). Essential guide to depression. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

A Book by Two or Three Authors or Editors:

Enright, R. D., & North, J. (Eds.). (1998). Exploring forgiveness. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

A Book by More than Three Authors or Editors:

Edens, W., et al. (1977). Teaching Shakespeare. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 

Senior, D., et al. (Eds.). (1990). The Catholic study Bible. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

A Book by an Unknown Author (Anonymous):

What life was like at the dawn of democracy: Classical Athens, 525-322 B.C. (1977). Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books.

An Edition Prepared by a Named Editor:

Arnold, M. (1979). The poems of Matthew Arnold. (K. Allott, ed.). London: Longman.

Short Works Collected in Larger Works (Anthology):

Frye, N. (1984). Literary and linguistic scholarship in a postliterate age. In R. D. Denham (Ed.), Myth and metaphor: Selected essays, 1974-1988 (pp. 18-27). Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia. (Reprinted from (1984) PMLA 95(5), 990-995).

Harrington, D. J. (1990). Mark. In R. E. Brown, J. A. Fitzmyer, & R. E. Murphy (Eds.), The new Jerome biblical commentary (pp. 618-619). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Thoreau, H. (1989). Resistance to civil government. In N. Baym (Ed.), The Norton anthology of American literature (3rd ed., pp. 1620-1635). New York, NY: Norton.

Translation of a Work:

Mahfouz, N. (1995). Arabian nights and days. Translated by D. Johnson-Davies. New York, NY: Doubleday.

An Introduction, Preface, Foreword, or Afterword:

Gill, S. (1999). Introduction. In C. Dickens, Oliver Twist (pp. vii-xxv). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.