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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: No Author

Book with No Author

How to Create an APA 7th edition Reference for a Book with NO author or group
Title of Work Date (SOURCE) Publisher Name (SOURCE) URL
Title of Work.


Publisher name.

  • If books have no author or editor, they should be alphabetized by the first significant word of the title in your reference list.
  • For in-text citation, use a shortened version of the title, or the whole title if it is short, in place of the author's last name. 
  • Be consistent with your in-text citations through your entire paper.



           The Torah: The five books of Moses (3rd ed.). 2015. The Jewish Publication Society. (Original work published 1962)

           In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

           (The Torah, 1962/2015)

           In Text Citation (Direct Quote):

           (The Torah, 1962/2015, p. 746)

Carrie Forbes, MLS

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Carrie Forbes
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East Carolina University
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Page References

Citation information has been adapted from the APA Manual (6th Edition). Please refer to page 264-265, 284, 289, and 325 of the APA Manual (7th Edition) for more information.

Helpful Tips

-Be mindful of hyphenated names, particularly hyphenated first names in your reference list. If an author or editor has a hyphenated first name, include first initials for both separated by a hyphen. For example: Lamour, J.-B. for Jean-Baptiste Lamour.

-If your reference list includes publications by two or more authors with the same last name, you should include the first initial in all in-text citations in order to help the reader avoid confusion.

-Suffixes like "Jr." or "III" are not included in in-text citations but are included in the reference list.

- Electronic books and books from electronic databases are cited exactly the same way print books are, there is no difference. The only time you differentiate is if you use an audio version of the book. 

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