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


Thank you for your question about citing a book.

In the text of your discussion, when you use information you learned in the book, you should put the author's last name and the year the book was published in parentheses:  (Case-Smith, 2010).

If you quote directly from the book, you should also include the page number where you got the quote: (Case-Smith, 2010, p. 42).

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

Case-Smith, J. (2010). 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 that it was published in, 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 citing the book, please contact your Campus Librarians. Thank you for using the ASK  US service.


  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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