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APA Style: Books

A guide to APA referencing style for Khalifa University students and staff


 Only the author's initials are included regardless of the presentation of the author's name in the source document.

The given name may be cited in full to identify the author when different authors have the same surname and initials.

Capitalisation practice also should be consistent.

Titles and subtitles of books are given minimal capitalisation.

Only the first letter of the first word of the title (and subtitle, if given) and proper nouns (the names of peoples, place or organisations, etc.) are capitalised.

Book titles are italicised when typed or underlined when handwritten.


Standard format for citation

Authored work

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of work: Subtitle (edition.). (Volume(s).). Place of publication: Publisher.

Edited work

Editor, A. A., & Editor, B. B. (Eds.). (Year). Title of work: Subtitle (edition.). (Volume(s).). Place of publication: Publisher.


Single author
Matthews, J. (1999). The art of childhood and adolescence: The construction of meaning. London, England: Falmer Press.

Two authors
Colclough, B., & Colclough, J. (1999). A challenge to change. London, England: Thorsons.

Three to seven authors
Rosenthal, R., Rosnow, R. L., & Rubin, D. B. (2000). Contrasts and effect sizes in behavioral research: A correlational approach. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Eight or more authors
When authors number eight or more, include the first six authors' names, then insert three ellipses and follow with the final author's name.

Edited work
Snyder, C. R. (Ed.). (1999). Coping: The psychology of what works. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Later edition
Newcomb, H. (Ed.). (2000). Television: The critical view (6th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

No author
The Blackwell dictionary of cognitive psychology. (1991). Oxford, England: Blackwell.

No date of publication
Mandl, H., et al. (Eds.). (n.d.). Learning and instruction: European research in an international context. (Vol. 2). Oxford, England: Pergamon.

Two or more books by the same author published in the same year
Kubler-Ross, E. (1993a). AIDS: The ultimate challenge. New York, NY: Collier Books.

Kubler-Ross, E. (1993b). Questions and answers on death and dying. New York, NY: Collier Books.

Multivolume work
Russell, B. (1967). The autobiography of Bertrand Russell (Vols. 1-3). London, England: Allen & Unwin.

Bonino S., Cattelino E., & Ciairano, S. (2005). Adolescents and risk: Behavior, functions, and protective factors. (L. McDonald, Trans.). Milan, Italy : Springer. (Original work published 2003).

American Educational Research Association. (1985). Standards for educational and psychological testing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Government publication
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (1999). Australia's young people: Their health and wellbeing, the report on the health of young people aged 12-24 years. Canberra, ACT: AIHW.

Government departments
Australia. Department of Health and Aged Care. (1999). Mental health: A report focusing on depression, 1998. Canberra, ACT: AGPS.

Western Australia. Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests. (2000). 2000 migrant services directory: A Western Australian guide for migrants and service providers. Perth, WA: Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.