Guide: How to cite a Book in APA style

Guide: How to cite a Book in APA style

Cite A Book in APA style

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Use the following template to cite a book using the APA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the APA style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Initial. (Year Published). Title (p. Pages Used). City: Publisher.


Lyons, L. (2007). Changing for Dinner: The Psychological Need for Ritual in Daily Life (p. 172).

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname, Year Published)


Daily at-home rituals share equal importance with the grand rituals of public life. Without them, our lives become stale, just as without the grandiose ceremonies of the world-a coronation twice a century, a state funeral, fireworks on the Fouth of July-public life would become gray and dour. Commenting on the distinction between large, public rituals, and smaller ones, Driver (1998) said that we tend to think about only “big” rituals—church services, funeral processions, state ceremonies, weddings, festivals, and so on. Thus we don’t notice how strongly our lives are affected by smaller rituals: greetings and leave-taking, table manners, making beds, visiting grandmother, making a date, etc. But because they have a daily familiarity and have become second nature does not mean that they are not important (p.13). (Lyons, 2007)

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