Q. Do I have to cite a book if I'm only mentioning the title?
You can mention the title of a book without needing to cite 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 a 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 APA citations, see the APA Help guide.
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