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APA 7th Referencing

American Psychological Association, 7th edition

Books overview

In this section


The referencing information is usually found on the inside cover of a book.

Each reference may include the following elements:

  • Author/Editor
  • Year of publication (use copyright year if different from publication/release)
  • Title
  • Edition
  • Volume number
  • Publisher
  • DOI

Example book inside cover

Screenshot of a book's inside cover showing publication information


Note: If a book's copyright year is different from the publication/release year, use the copyright year in the reference.
e.g., If book is ©2013 but published 2021, use 2013 in reference.

Common abbreviations





(Rev. ed.).

revised edition

(2nd ed.).

second edition

(Ed.). / (Eds.).

Editor / Editors

p. / pp.

page / pages

Vol. / Vols.



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