Answered By: Gabe [Research & Writing Studio]
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2018     Views: 11389

The APA Publication Manual says, on pages 171-172, you should include author, year, and other identifying information for quotes when there are no page numbers.

Basic Format: Author Last Name, First Initial. (Year). Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable]. Retrieved from http://xxxx.

If there are paragraph numbers included in the text use those with the abbreviation "para." For example, (Smith, 1978, para. 3). If there are headings in the document use those in your citation. For example, (Smith, 1978, Introduction section, para. 5). If the heading would be too large to include the whole thing then use a short title with quotation marks. For example, (Smith, 1978, "The Future of Libraries," para. 1).

According to the APA Blog you should use:

• a paragraph number, if provided; alternatively, you can count paragraphs down from the beginning of the document;
• an overarching heading plus a paragraph number within that section; or
• an abbreviated heading (or the first few words of the heading) in quotation marks, in cases in which the heading is too unwieldy to cite in full.

More information on citing ebooks can be found at the APA Style Blog.

Comments (1)

  1. Official answer from APA's blog: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/06/how-do-you-cite-an-e-book.html
    by bluemeln on Mar 26, 2014.

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