How to cite a translated book in APA

APA translated book citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the book: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  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. Translator(s) of the book: List translators by their initials and last name, followed by the abbreviation Trans..
  5. 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.
  6. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher but omit terms, such as Publishers, Co., and Inc. Retain the words Books and Press.
  7. Year of original publication: Give the year the work was first published.

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

Author(s) of the book. (Year of publication). Title of the book (Translator(s) of the book, Trans.). Place of publication: Publisher. (Original work published Year of original publication)

APA reference list examples

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


A book translated from French to English

Saint-Exupéry, A. d. (1970). The little prince (K. Woods, Trans.). San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Co. (Original work published 1943)

A book translated from Spanish to English

García Márquez, G. (2003). One hundred years of solitude (G. Rabassa, Trans.). New York, NY: Harper. (Original work published 1967)
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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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