Q. How do I cite a book in an online discussion?


To cite the book in the text of your discussion, put the author's last name and the year the book was published in parentheses:  (Case-Smith, 2017).

If you quote directly from the book, you should also include the page number where you got the quote: (Case-Smith, 2017, p. 42).

At the end of your discussion post, you should include a full citation to the book you are citing:

Case-Smith, J. (2017). Occupational therapy for children. Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.

This includes the author's last name and first and middle initial (if available), the year of publication in parentheses, the title of the book in italics, the city and state where published, and the name of the publisher.

More examples are on the APA Help guide. 

  • Click on References & In-text Citation Examples
  • Use the drop-down menu under Books.

If you need additional help, contact your Campus Librarians. Thank you for using ASK  US.


  • Last Updated Apr 11, 2018
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