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APA Style (6th ed)


NOTE: This page reflects the old version of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed). If you require the current version, please see APA Style (7th ed)



Author's Last Name, First Name Initial. Second Initial if given. (Year of Publication). Title of book: Subtitle, if given (Edition ed.). City of Publication: Publisher.

Buxton, R. (2004). The complete world of Greek mythology. London, UK: Thames & Hudson. 

Book chapter, where chapter author is different from book editor

Law, J. M. (1998). The Awaji tradition. In K. Brazell (Ed.), Traditional Japanese theatre (pp. 393-397). New York: Columbia University Press.

Ebook with subtitle,
3 authors

Booth, D., Shames, D., & Desberg, P. (2010). Own the room: Business presentations that persuade, engage and get results [Ebook Central version]. Retrieved from

Online Encyclopedia or Dictionary, no author

Use book chapter example - the word being defined is treated as a chapter

Sleep. (2011). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from

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See the Publication Manual: 7.02 Books, Reference Books, and Book Chapters

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