Q. In a reference list which words in the titles of books should be capitalized?


Here's how to capitalize a book title on the References page:

  • Capitalize the first word in the title of the book and the first word after the colon.
  • Also, capitalize any proper nouns in the title, such as a person's name or a country's name.

General format:

Author Last Name, First & Middle Initials. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. City, ST: Publisher.


Waller, B. N. (2019). Consider ethics: Theory, readings, and contemporary issues (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Visit the APA help guide to see more examples.

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  • Last Updated Jan 23, 2020
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