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APA Guide 7th Edition: Books, eBooks, Reference Works

A guide to the APA 7th edition Citation Style

Books and Chapters in Books

Authored book with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

Brown, L. S. (2018). Feminist therapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Authored book without a DOI (print or ebook)

Burgess, R. (2019). Rethinking global health: Frameworks of power. Routledge.

*In the 7th edition, publisher location is no longer required when citing books.*


Christian, B., & Griffiths, T. (2016). Algorithms to live by: The computer science of human decisions. Henry Holt and Co.

*It is not necessary to note when you used a book or an ebook when the content is the same*

Edited book without a DOI

Hacker Hughes, J. (Ed). (2017). Military veteran psychological health and social care: Contemporary approaches. Routledge.

Chapter in an edited book with a DOI

Balsam, K. F., Martell, C. R., Jones, K. P., & Safren, S. A. (2019). Affirmative cognitive behavior therapy with sexual and gender minority people. In G. Y. Iwamasa & P. A. Hays (Eds), Culturally responsive cognitive behavior therapy: Practice and supervision (2nd ed., pp. 287-314). American Psychological Association.

Chapter in an edited book without an DOI

Weinstock, R., Leong, G. B., & Silva, J. A. (2003). Defining forensic psychiatry: Roles and responsibilities. In R. Rosner (Ed.), Principles and practice of forensic psychiatry (2nd ed., pp. 7-13). CRC Press.


*Note about DOIs* DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier and is a unique URL given to an online book or article. Not all publications will have this, but if they are assigned a DOI, you must include it in your citation.

Reference Works

Diagnostic Manual

American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

World Health Organization. (2019). International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems (11th ed.).

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia

Zalta, E. N. (Ed.). (2019). The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2019 ed.). Stanford University.

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). dictionary. Retrieved May 5, 2019, from

Ancient Greek or Roman work

Aristotle. (1994). Poetics (S. H. Butcher, Trans.). The Internet Classics Archive. (Original work published ca. 350 B.C.E)

Religious Work

King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online. (Original work published 1769)

The Qur'an (M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, Trans.). (2004). Oxford University Press.

The Torah: The five books of Moses (3rd ed.). (2015). The Jewish Publication Society. (Original work published 1962)


Shakespeare, W. (1995). Much ado about nothing (B. A. Mowat & P. Werstine, Eds.). Washington Square Press. (Original work published 1623)

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