How to cite an edited book in APA

APA edited book citation

To cite an edited book in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Editor(s) of the book: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven editors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more editors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and the last editor’s name. End with Ed. or Eds., respectively, in round brackets.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the book: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalised.
  4. Place of publication: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  5. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher but omit terms, such as Publishers, Co., and Inc. Retain the words Books and Press.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an edited book in APA style 6th edition:

Editor(s) of the book. (Year of publication). Title of the book. Place of publication: Publisher.

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for an edited book citation in action:


A book with one editor

Bruya, B. (Ed.). (2010). Effortless attention. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

A book with two editors

Wardrip-Fruin, N., & Montfort, N. (Eds.). (2003). The new media reader. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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