Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 71

There generally isn't a place to go to find a specific APA citation for a book.  You usually have to build it yourself using the standard APA format.  If you need a copy of the format, we have the current APA Manual at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton.

I've attached two files to this reply.  The first file outlines the type of information that you need to gather from a source in order to build a citation.  The second file gives the basic format of the APA style for different types of materials.

So for a printed book, you would need to gather the author(s) name(s), the title, any edition information (if it's available and anything other than the 1st edition), the place of publication, the publisher and the publication date.

Once you have that information, you put into the APA format.  You would enter the Last Name of the Author, followed by a comma, then the author' s initials (APA uses ONLY the initials) ending in a period.  Then, in parenthesis, list the date of publication with a period after the closing parentheis.  This is followed by the title of the book (capitalizing only the 1st word and any proper nouns) in italics and followed by a period.  Any edition information would follow the title ended with a period.  After that, you list the place of publication, a colon, and then the publisher information, ending everything with a period.

If you need help constructing an APA citation, the librarians at the Reference Desk can help you.  You visit the desk in person or call 724-357-3006 (or toll-free 1-866-836-8815) and talk to a librarian Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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