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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: Electronic Books

Electronic Books

How to Create an APA 7th edition Reference for an Electronic Book
Author Date Title (SOURCE) Publisher name (SOURCE) URL
Author, A. A. & Author, B. B.


Title of book.

Title of book (4th ed.).

Title of book [Audiobook].

Publisher name.



Books that are in an electronic format, such as Kindle, Nook,  or a book from a library database etc... are now formatted exactly the same way a print book is. The primary exception to this rule is if you are citing from an Audiobook, which does require listing the format, as shown in the table above. 



Kierszenbaum, A.L., & Tres, L.L. (2012). Histology and cell biology: An introduction to pathology (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

In-text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Kierszenbaum & Tres, 2012)

In-text Citation (Direct Quote):

(Kierszenbaum & Tres, 2012, p. 52)


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Page References

Citation information has been adapted from the APA Manual (7th Edition). Please refer to pages 321-329 of the APA Manual (7th Edition) for more information.

Helpful Hints

-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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