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APA Referencing, How-to-Guide

Referencing a print book.

(You can treat any e-book you find on the LSBU catalogue as a print book when it comes to referencing)

Format: Author’s Surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of book (Edition if later than first.). Publisher.

Example: Coolican, H. (2019). Research methods and statistics in psychology (7 th ed.). Routledge.

Finding the year of publication in a book:

If the year of publication is not clear, look for the latest copyright date. This is next to the copyright sign © usually on the reverse of the title page. Do not use a reprint date.


Referencing an edited book.


Slater, A. and Bremner, G. (Eds.). (2017). An introduction to developmental psychology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

NOTE: if you are referencing a chapter or essay in an edited book see the following guidelines for chapter in an edited book:



Referencing a chapter in an edited book.


Author’s Surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of the chapter. In Editor’s Initials. Surname. (Ed.) or (Eds.), Title of the

book (page range of chapter). Publisher.


Gaskell, G. (2014). Attitudes, social representations and beyond. In K. Deaux & G. Philogene (Eds.), Representations of the

social (pp. 228-241). Blackwell.


Referencing an e-book, (for example: an e-book found on Google)


Lind, E. A. (Ed.). (2019). Social psychology and justice. Routledge.

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