Q. Do I have to cite a book if I'm only mentioning the title?

APA style

Answer

You can mention the title of a book without needing to cite it or put it on your References page. For example, "Dr. Seuss wrote many great children's books such as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who." This does not need citation.

However, if you are summing up (or paraphrasing) content or ideas from the book, then you would need to cite the book and put it on your References page. For example, "Dr. Seuss wrote a great children's book, Green Eggs and Ham, that encourages children to eat foods that they have never tried because it could be good and they could like it (Seuss, 1960)." The book would be listed as a source on the References page.

For examples of how to do APA citations, see the APA Help guide.

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