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APA Citation Style, 6th Edition: Electronic Books

APA Citation Style

Electronic Books

(THIS Libguide IS FOR APA 6th edition, click here to visit our new APA 7th edition Libguide)

General Format:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author or Editor's Last Name, year)

In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Author or Editor's Last Name, year, page number)


Author or Editor's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle [version]. doi: number or URL of homepage of the e-book provider


In-text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Kierszenbaum & Tres, 2012)

In-text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Kierszenbaum & Tres, 2012, p. 52)


Kierszenbaum, A.L., & Tres, L.L. (2012). Histology and cell biology: An introduction to pathology (3rd ed.) [ProQuest ebrary version]. Retrieved from

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Page References

Citation information has been adapted from the APA Manual (6th Edition). Please refer to pages 187-189 and 203-204 of the APA Manual (6th Edition) for more information.

Helpful Hints

-When citing an electronic book or chapter, the electronic retrieval statement replaces the publisher name and location (p.203).

-When a DOI (digital object identifier) is available, use it in place of the URL of the homepage of the e-book provider.

-You should use DOI numbers any time they are available, however not all materials have DOI numbers. DOI numbers are provided by publishers and should never be made up.

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