How to cite an edited book in APA
To cite an edited book in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:
- 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.
- Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
- Title of the book: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalised.
- 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.
- 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.
This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).