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APA Writing Guide: Books and Ebooks

This research guide provides a brief introduction to APA 7th edition.

Print and Electronic Books

Physical books and e-books are cited exactly the same except when a DOI is provided. See example 3 below for an example of a citation that includes a DOI.


Author’s last name, First Initial. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capitalize first letter of

the word after the colon and italicize. Publisher. 

Example 1:

Boyer, P. (1994). When time shall be no more: Prophecy belief in modern American culture. Harvard University Press.

Example 2:

Prior, K. S. (2018). On reading well: Finding the good life through great books. Brazos Press.

Example 3:

Brown, L. S. (2018). Feminist therapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Chapter from an Edited Book


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of Publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B.

Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Publisher.

Note: When listing page numbers of a chapter or essay in parentheses, abbreviate pages to pp.



Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for

healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across

the life cycle (pp. 107-123). Springer.

Book with an Edition or Volume Number


Author’s last name, First initial. (Year of publication). Title of work (edition number). Publisher.


Fiske, S. T., Gilbert, D. T., & Lindzey, G. (2010). Handbook of social psychology (5th ed., Vol. 1). John Wiley & Sons.                                                              

Citing the Bible

When quoting the Bible, you must cite the Bible version in the body of the paper and include it in your reference list. When citing the Bible the in-text citation should follow the order of the template as shown below.

Template: Bible Version, Date of Publication, Book chapter and verse.
(New Living Translation, 1996/2015, Luke 6:31)

Please see the sample student paper or sample graduate paper for a detailed discussion of citing the Bible. Below are some examples of the hard copy references and online references of some common Bible versions. The citations are the same for both, as they contain the version name and the year(s) of publication.  If you are using a different version, format your citation by following the examples given below (be sure to include a hanging indent which this webpage cannot feature):


In-text Citation Reference
English Standard

(English Standard Bible, 2001)

English Standard Bible. (2001). Crossway Bibles.

English Standard Bible. (2001). ESV Online.

King James (King James Bible, 1769/2017).

King James Bible. (2017). Cambridge University Press. (Original work published 1769)

King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online. (Original work published 1769)
The Message (The Message Bible, 2002)

The Message Bible. (2002). Eugene H. Peterson.

The Message Bible. (2002). The Message Bible Online.

New American

(New American Standard Bible, 1971/1995)

New American Standard Bible. (1995). Thomas Nelson. (Original work published 1971)

New American Standard Bible. (1995). New American Standard Bible. (Original work published 1971)

New International

(New International Bible, 1978/2011)

New International Bible. (2011). Zondervan. (Original work published 1978)

New International Bible. (2011). The NIV Bible. (Original work published 1978)

(New Living Translation, 1996/2015)

New Living Translation. (2015). New Living Translation. (Original work published 1996)

New Living Translation. (2015). New Living Translation. (Original work published 1996)