Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019     Views: 324454

The basic format for an in-text citation is: Title of the Book (Author Last Name, year).



One author: Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak, 1963) is a depiction of a child coping with his anger towards his mom.

Two authors (cite both names every time): Brabant and Mooney (1986) have used the comic strip to examine evidence of sex role stereotyping. OR The comic strip has been used to examine evidence of sex role stereotyping (Brabant & Mooney, 1986).

Three or more authors (cite the first author plus et al.): Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Clare et al., 2016) depicts a young man's experience at the Shadowhunter Academy, a place where being a former vampire is looked down upon.OR Clare et al. (2016) have crafted a unique story about a young man's journey to find himself.

No author: Cite the first few words of the reference entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title of an article or chapter, and italicize the title of a periodical, book, brochure, or report. Examples: From the book Study Guide (2000) ... or ("Reading," 1999).

Note: Titles of periodicals, books, brochures, or reports should be in italics and use normal title capitalization rules.

If you are citing multiple sources by multiple authors in-text, you can list all of them by the author's last name and year of publication within the same set of parentheses, separated by semicolons.

Example: (Adams, 1999; Jones & James, 2000; Miller, 1999)

For more information on how to cite books in-text and as a reference entry, see the APA Publication Manual (7th edition) Section 10.2 on pages 321-325.

Comments (5)

  1. This was very useful for me! I was having a really hard time finding information on how to mention an article title AND the author in text in APA so this was very helpful!!!
    by Ryan Waddell on Jun 27, 2019.
  2. If I just mention that I used a book to teach a topic do I have to include it in the reference list?
    by Franw on Oct 17, 2019.
  3. @Franw, if it is a source that informs your paper in any way, or if your reader would have reason to look it up, then you should include a full reference list entry for the book.
    by Gabe [Research & Writing Studio] on Oct 18, 2019.
  4. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but I think the OP is asking how to refer to a book title, not how to cite one.

    I believe APA uses quotation marks around book titles and MLA uses italics.
    by AB on Dec 12, 2019.
  5. @AB: The first sentence has been tweaked to clarify title of book usage, reflecting the examples given. For APA style you should use italics for book titles. It would be quotation marks.
    by Gabe [Research & Writing Studio] on Dec 12, 2019.

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