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APA Referencing: Books

Print & Electronic Books

This category includes information about print and electronic books.

  • Place information about editions, volume numbers and page numbers in parentheses following the title.
  • For electronic books/chapters the electronic retrieval statement takes the place of  'Place of publication' and 'Publisher'.

Note: If applicable, the reference list entry also needs to include the e-reader book type i.e. Adobe Digital Editions, Kindle, etc. Ebooks from ProQuest Ebook Central need to have the e-reader version included. If the resource has been assigned a DOI, include this in the reference, otherwise use the URL.

Formats for a reference list:-

Author(s) surname, Initials. (Year). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher.

Author(s) surname, Initials. (Year). Title of book. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxx

Author(s) surname, Initials. (Year). Title of book. doi:xxxxx

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable]. doi:xxxxx

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). doi:xxxxx

Note: Title to be italicised

Book One Author or Editor(s)

Book with one author (print)

In-text example

Weaver (2006) …


… (Weaver, 2006).

Reference list example

Weaver, D. (2006). Sustainable tourism: Theory and practice. Sydney: Butterworth Heinemann.

Book with editor(s) and volume (print)

In-text example

Kiple and Ornelas (2000)…


…(Kiple & Ornelas, 2000)

Reference list example

Kiple, K. F., & Ornelas, K. C. (Eds.). (2000). The Cambridge world history of food (Vol. 1). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapter

Book chapter with editor(s) and edition (print)

In-text example

Avraham (2006) noted…


…(Avraham, 2006)

Reference list example  

Avraham, E. (2006). Public relations and advertising strategies for managing tourist destination image crises. In Y.                                     Mansfeld, & A. Pizam (Eds.), Tourism, security and safety: From theory to practice (1st ed., pp. 233-249).                                               Oxford: Elsevier   Butterworth-Heinemann.


Book electronic

Book (electronic version of print book)

In-text example

Schädel (2012)…


…(Schädel, 2012)

Reference list example

Schädel, C. (2012). Work-life balance among cruise ship crews: A quantitative research approach [Adobe Digital Editions                             version]. Retrieved from

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