This video will provide some guidelines on citing books using APA style. Watch the other APA style videos for citing different source types. It’s important that you give credit to others for the work that they’ve done so that you can avoid plagiarism. Not doing so, intentionally or not, is misrepresenting your own work and may result in serious academic and legal ramifications. When citing a book, you need to find the following information: the name of the author, date of publication, title of the book, the publishing city, and publisher. One thing to note is the capitalization on the title of the book — you’re only going to capitalize the first word of the title and the first word of the subtitle, as well as any proper nouns — you don’t capitalize every word. Let’s look at a sample book. Most of the needed information can be found on either the title or the copyright page near the front of the book or in the book’s record in a library catalog. Here’s a book called Uprising: How to build a brand and change the world by sparking cultural movements. Just under that is the name of the author; sometimes you’ll have more than one, or an editor instead of an author. On the title page, you’ll usually find the publisher, in this case McGraw Hill. The title page also lists a lot of different publishing cities. Generally if you see more than one, you’re just going to use the first one. The date of publication is over on the
copyright page. It was published in 2012. Now that we have all the information we need, we can create our citation. Note that when using APA style you only include the author’s last name and then first and middle initials, not their full first name. Also notice how I only capitalize the first word of the title and the first word of the subtitle, not every word. This page contains some other useful sources and good examples you might want to check out if you get stuck as you’re creating your citations. Don’t hesitate to contact the library with any questions about citation.